SEA LIFE Porto Beach Clean
350 volunteers clean 280KG of rubbish in annual event
Every year SEA LIFE aquariums across the globe host beach cleans, to clear up litter and help prevent ocean pollution in their local area.
It is estimated that 26 million tonnes of plastic pollution ends up in the oceans each year. The beach cleans help to prevent harmful materials from posing a danger to marine life, entangling and poisoning creatures that live on or near the beach. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to the events to help protect native wildlife.
In October, SEA LIFE Porto arranged another huge beach clean, this time with 350 volunteers with the event having grown from 80 volunteers 2015. Registration for the beach clean was only available for 7 days and all available spots were taken.
When volunteers arrived, they were given a brief presentation by the PhD of University of Porto to highlight the problem of ocean pollution and how everyone can help by doing their part. The volunteers were then split into groups to clean the beach.
By the end of the day, an amazing 280kg of cigarette butts, plastic bottles, fishing nets and glass were collected from the beach.