What A Load Of Rubbish!

This weekend friends, family and supporters of the National Seal Sanctuary joined in their clean of Gwithian beach, recording many strange and harmful items.

Each year the Sanctuary helps in conducting a survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society to analyse the rubbish washed up on Cornish beaches.

In doing this, they can monitor what harmful products are currently in the sea that may cause suffering to marine creatures.
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"We were very surprised at some of the results this year" said Amy Hudson, Beach Clean Organiser and Animal Care Assistant at the Sanctuary. "Amongst the rubbish we also found two pairs of underwear, part of a television, several surf board leashes and a credit card!"

Beaches are cleaned by local councils, but the rubbish collected isn't documented and therefore there is no record as to what waste is actually in the sea.

The reports will allow the Sanctuary to be able to assess where the litter may be coming from and how this can be avoided in the future.

The cleaning was conducted from 2pm until late afternoon and took place in fine weather.

Once all the hard work was done participants enjoyed a relaxing game of rounders.

"We felt the day went very well and it may just have prevented the death or injury of some unfortunate animal or bird," added Amy.

Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more information, please contact Laura Ward or Amy Hudson on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 23rd September 2008

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