It's time to clean-up! Discarded fishing line and nets, plastic bags, cigarettes, plastic food containers & utensils, bottles and cans…these are all things that litter our waterways and, eventually, end up in the ocean. In addition to being unsightly, ocean litter poses a danger to ocean animals, which can accidentally ingest or become entangled in many types of debris. Overall, clean beaches and watersheds lead to a healthier ocean.
On the third Saturday in September, large groups of volunteers gather along waterways throughout the world to help clean up the shores and to raise awareness about marine debris. Volunteers from SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove also participate locally in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up. This month's issue of Land, Sea and Air provides activities and information on coastal pollution and how you can help keep your local waterways clean.