The Blog Aquatic » ocean litter http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:21:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 The Fin-tastic Voyage Connects Paddleboarding and Beach Cleanups http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/07/25/the-fin-tastic-voyage-connects-padddleboarding-and-beach-cleanups/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/07/25/the-fin-tastic-voyage-connects-padddleboarding-and-beach-cleanups/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:34:31 +0000 Catherine Fox http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=1903

The Fin-tastic Voyage is all about having a blast on clean beaches.
Credit: Courtesy of LandShark.

Why not help the ocean and have fun at the same time?

That’s what Ocean Conservancy and LandShark Lager thought when we put together the Fin-tastic Voyage, a series of summertime events along the East Coast combining beach cleanups with great beach activities like stand-up paddleboarding and games.

New recruits for the ocean
The successful events, which are all about people getting together for good times on clean beaches, have attracted ocean-lovers like U.S. Army First Sergeant Chris Tharp. He traveled with his wife and son to a Fin-tastic event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

“We signed in, they gave us our trash bags and a grabber, and we took off down the beach,” he says. The trio was proud to pick up some four pounds of bottles, cans and food wrappers. “Then we came back to hang out and enjoy the games, activities and concerts. It was a great day.”

Tharp (who had never won anything in his life) scored a brand-new paddleboard courtesy

Raffle winner Chris Tharp takes to the water on his new LandShark paddleboard. Credit: Juwan Tharp

of LandShark’s raffle. He says, “I love being on the water, and paddleboarding makes you that much closer to it.”

“I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and spent every weekend out on the water. We’d go out on a boat fishing all day, then come back and swim off a sandbar. It made me who I am, and I’m sharing that with my son.”

When Tharp found out that another Fin-tastic day will take place during his upcoming family vacation to Key West, he signed on. “We’re excited to get there and have another great day on the beach,” he says. And he’s taking his new paddleboard.

Join the fun!

We all have a responsibility to keep our beaches clean. It’s easy to make a difference when it comes to ocean trash, but we need everyone to dive in.

Many companies are doing their part. LandShark Lager is a joint venture of Anheuser-Busch and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Brewing Company; Anheuser-Busch recycles more than 99% of solid waste generated at their breweries. And LandShark has joined Ocean Conservancy to design packaging that provides consumers with recycling reminders and tips to protect the ocean.

The Fin-tastic Voyage is turning people on to how they can keep beaches clean and healthy. You, too, can play a part in keeping our coasts clear:

Teamwork makes cleaning up part of the fun. Credit: Courtesy of LandShark.

 

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Reduce Trash at Your July 4th Bash http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/07/03/reduce-trash-at-your-july-4th-bash/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/07/03/reduce-trash-at-your-july-4th-bash/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:02:29 +0000 Catherine Fox http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=1436

This Fourth of July, celebrate your independence from unnecessary trash. Credit: flickr user Thomas Hawk

It’s time for the great American barbecues, picnics and parties that—along with patriotic music and fireworks—create great Independence Day memories.

Food, drink, décor and fireworks can mean a lot of trash—trash that often ends up in the ocean. That’s right, even if you live hundreds of miles from the ocean, trash from your area can travel down waterways to the sea, fouling the water and endangering wildlife.

How big is the problem? Last year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers picked up enough food packaging alone for one person to get takeout breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next 858 years.

So if you’re planning to entertain on July 4th, think red, white and especially blue: Keep these tips in mind for a clean and healthy ocean:

1. Ask guests to bring their own reusable cup. (Added benefit: They can easily identify their drinks if they set them down.)

2. Place a recycling bin in plain sight.

3. If you get take-out, ask the deli to put potato salad or fried chicken directly on your serving platter to reduce throw-away containers that become trash.

4. Replace plastic knives, forks and spoons with the real thing.

5. After the party, roll up your mini-flags and other decorations and put them away for next year instead of pitching them.

6. Pick up all fireworks fragments that fall to the ground for proper disposal.

Got another tip? Leave it for others in the comments section below. And enjoy the holiday!

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