As project co-ordinator Sharon Jones looks on

As project co-ordinator Sharon Jones looks on

South Surrey shoreline effort clears 150lbs of trash

Volunteers set on cleaning up Blackie Spit and Crescent Beach took 150 pounds of litter from the area Sunday

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.