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South Surrey shoreline effort clears 150lbs of trash

As project co-ordinator Sharon Jones looks on, Earl Marriott Leo Club students check out the trash collected Sunday (April 24) during a cleanup at Blackie Spit and Crescent Beach. Volunteer Tensin Lama (below) with some of the trash that was picked up. - Marg Cuthbert/Jacob Duarte-Enns photos
As project co-ordinator Sharon Jones looks on, Earl Marriott Leo Club students check out the trash collected Sunday (April 24) during a cleanup at Blackie Spit and Crescent Beach. Volunteer Tensin Lama (below) with some of the trash that was picked up.
— image credit: Marg Cuthbert/Jacob Duarte-Enns photos

Volunteers set on cleaning up Blackie Spit and Crescent Beach took 150 pounds of litter from the area Sunday, during a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event.

Great Canadian Shoreline CleanupOrganized by Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, the April 24 cleanup involved 55 volunteers who collectively picked up – in the space of just two hours – 1,145 cigarette butts, 1,300 pieces of Styrofoam, discarded chairs, bracelets, a large, upholstered bench from a derelict boat, and more.

Such trash, FOSBS officials noted in a news release, is an environmental hazard. Fish and birds often mistake the items for food, filling their stomachs but ultimately starving. Entanglement in fishing line and six-pack rings can also eventually kill marine animals.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is one of the largest direct-action environmental efforts in Canada, and the third largest cleanup in the world.

Data about the litter collected Sunday will be submitted to the Vancouver Aquarium and added to a national litter database.

 

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