Your beach needs you!!

Once again the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek will be taking part in the Marine Conservation Society Annual Beach Clean 2005.

This event will be the second year the Sanctuary has taken part in the clean up and will be joined by other marine and beach users including BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) SLSC Hayle, Godrevy Seal Group and Apollo 11 from Falmouth. Lunch is also being to be provided to anybody, who helps with the beach clean, by Pellow´s Family Bakery of Penzance.

The National Seal Sanctuary is a familiar sight at Gwithian beach; attending rescues of Grey seals from around the area and releasing them back into the wild, to join the large colony of wild seals around the corner at Mutton Cove.

"Every year around 10% of the seals rescued by the Sanctuary have some kind of injury from marine litter. This could be anything from netting caught around the seal or from ingesting of other marine litter like discarded plastic and fishing hooks." said Claire Baker beach clean co-ordinator.

Marine litter affects many other marine lives, but seals in particular are at risk due to their natural curiosity.

The Beach Clean is the flagship event for the Marine Conservation Society; Adopt a beach project, which is supported by the Crown and Prince Charles.

Andrea Crump, Litter Project Co-ordinator for the MCS said "It´s sad to see the damage inflicted on marine wildlife by litter, however, by helping with a beach clean its something positive people can do to help the marine environment. It also helps us gather information to campaign against the sources of litter."

The beach clean will be taking place on the 18th of September 2005 at Gwithian beach at 11am.

Photo Opportunity: Big heap of rubbish: 1pm at Gwithian Beach

For more details, please contact Claire Baker or Rachael Vine on 01326 221361

Press Release date: 8th September 2005