Beach and Coastal Cleanups
This past Monday, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, Aquarium of the Bay hosted a beach cleanup at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, together with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Volunteers were treated to tickets to visit Aquarium of the Bay, coffee and doughnuts compliments of Biscoff Coffee Corner, and special watershed activities led by Aquarium naturalists, right on the beach!
It was a California King Tide high tide, so there wasn’t much beach – but that didn’t stop us from sifting through the sand for small debris! We also cleaned up the surrounding park and streets to keep trash from blowing into the Bay and becoming marine debris.
Everyone helped to properly sort trash into recycle, compost, and landfill bins. The most common items found were cigarette butts. Other common items included straws, and candy/ food wrappers.
The 5 Gyres Institute recently reported that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing in at more than 250,000 tons, floating around in the ocean. And did you know that approximately 80% of the trash found in the ocean is blown or washed into the ocean from inland sources?
Check out this story about how a variety of everyday ocean heroes are cleaning up the ocean while also supporting more sustainable approaches to fishing.