Alliance for a Living Ocean Mobilizing Volunteers for Spring Beach Sweeps
On April 22 – Earth Day – volunteers will head to ocean beaches, bays and other waterways throughout New Jersey to pitch in as part of Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps, an annual coordinated cleanup effort. Alliance for a Living Ocean, which serves as the Beach Sweeps captain for Long Beach Island, encourages local residents to come out and take part in picking up and tallying debris.
ALO will be set up at its office – at 1101 Central Ave. in Ship Bottom – from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that Saturday, and will have bags and gloves available for volunteers. Or participants can bring reusable bags or buckets rather than utilizing trash bags.
“We would like to get as many volunteers out as possible,” said ALO Executive Director Kyle Gronostajski. “Volunteers can register at cleanoceanaction.org and select LBI as their location, or 70 others.”
Each year, cleanup participants collect hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris, much of it disposable plastic.
The marine debris collection data from the spring Beach Sweeps, combined with that from the fall Beach Sweeps, is used for education, and to fight for better anti-litter programs.
“Litter is a serious threat to marine life,” COA marine science program manager Catie Tobin pointed out during a previous Beach Sweeps. “The legacy of data we have collected is a call to action to reduce sources.”