Your Beach Needs You - 8th September 2004
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) annual beach clean will be taking place this year on Sunday the 19th September 2004.

The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is cleaning Gwithian beach, Nr Hayle.

With a large grey seal colony at nearby Godrevy, the Sanctuary has been shocked at how many seals they have had to rescue from this area with netting injuries.

"At least 10% of pups rescued in the 2003/2004 season have had to have netting removed from around their bodies" said Fleur Bennett beach clean co-ordinator.

"Many other marine lives are affected by the rubbish and litter around the coast, young seals in particular are at risk because of their natural curiosity"

Andrea Crump, the Litter Projects Co-ordinator for the MCS said "It is sad to see the damage litter can inflict on the marine wildlife; however, there is something positive people can do to help the marine environment, by going along to a beach clean it helps the MCS gather information to campaign against the sources of litter."

Beachwatch is the flagship event of the Marine Conservation Society; Adopt-a-beach project is supported by the Crown Estate and Defra’s Environmental Action fund. All the data collected by beach watch volunteers also contribute to a worldwide project; the International Costal clean-up.

Lots of local organisations are helping the Sanctuary with the clean up, including the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), local police force and the Surf Life Saving Clubs from Hayle and St Ives.