The 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, taking place on September 19th this year, is the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect the ocean. Sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, it has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. An astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day in last year’s International Coastal Cleanup. They have recorded every item found, providing a clear picture of the manufactured items impacting the health of humans, wildlife, and economies. The body of data from the International Coastal Cleanup has inspired action to rid the ocean of harmful trash.
To join this year’s Coastal Cleanup, visit the Ocean Conservancy’s website to find out locations and times for your coastal community. Cleanup of the Cedar Key shoreline and outlying islands will occur from 8:00 AM until Noon. Volunteers are to pick-up trash bags at the Cedar Key Marina. In conjunction with Cedar Key’s Coastal Cleanup, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture is sponsoring a cleanup effort targeting clam farming gear. From September 14 through 21, a dumpster will be located at the City Marina for clammers, boaters, or anyone to deposit recovered cover netting, clam bags, and any other discarded farming gear.