Day 229 - May 25, 2012
2.2 oz (but 81 pieces of micro-plastics painstakingly excavated from the sand!)
Community Count total - 963.3 pounds
Community Count + The Daily Ocean combined weight - 2,035.1 POUNDS
This is the latest addition to our COMMUNITY COUNT - where people like you do a Daily Ocean style cleanup (20 min., photography and weighing their findings) to add to the 963.1 pounds already taken off beaches around the world. You can also do a collection in your neighborhood, rivers, lakes... since all "drains" lead to the ocean.
Find Susie's beach report re-posted below:
I have been inspired! So much so that on Tuesday night my husband and I went along to a talk given by a local non-profit called B.E.A.C.H. who have recently been sponsored by Wholefoods in Kailua, here on Oahu.
Last week, May 25th, I went out on my first 20min beach cleanup, along Kailua beach, on the windward side of Oahu.
It was almost frustrating since most of the plastic on the beach seemed to be microplastic (it was tiny), but I collected what I could without a sieve!
It 'only' weighs 60g/ 2.2oz but in total I collected 81 pieces of plastic/ marine debris that ranged from a toy bucket to an aquaculture post/ piece (learnt that they wash over from Asia).
Please find attached a photo of everything on a plate - note the scrap of plastic that has nutritional information...
Interestingly I only found 1 cigarette butt!
Since finding your website, and going to the BEACH talk I've realised that the ocean plastic pollution/ marine debris issue is something, if not the most important thing I can integrate into a project I'm working on, which is a sailing expedition in 2014. I've uploaded a couple of beach plastic instagrams on to the tumblr blog for the expedition - which is more of an inspiration site (specific website coming soon!):
Sail our Seas -
Thanks again for the inspiration!!
Are you doing anything for World Oceans Day?
Susie's SAIL OUR SEAS project looks incredible! Connect with her on her blog by following the links above, or find her on twitter.
And to answer your question about World Oceans Day Susie, I'll probably celebrate by doing a beach cleanup!
Thanks for your inspiring addition to The Daily Ocean!