Volunteers keep island’s coastline sparkling
Bermuda is a little more beautiful than before thanks to a number of recent clean-up missions.
Marine debris and general litter were collected from the coastlines of Daniel’s Head in Somerset as well as Black Bay Beach and Glass Beach in Dockyard.
Jessica Burns organised the Somerset clean-up last Thursday along on the small beach on the north side of Daniel’s Head.
Ms Burns told The Royal Gazette: “It came to my attention that the tour boats visit this spot daily as the turtles were relocated to this area because of America’s Cup, so it is especially important that this beach be taken care of.
“What a success we had. For such a small beach there was so much marine debris and local litter. We were able to clear off many large items such as broken chairs, pieces of boats and a rusty BBQ.
“There were some incredible people helping us out. One bystander, named Ollie, offered to go snorkelling to pick up what he could in the ocean. MarketPlace and Price Rite sponsored the trash and recycling bags kindly.”
There was also a clean-up effort in the West End on Thursday thanks to collaboration between cruise ship staff and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
Close to 40 crew members from the Celebrity Summit took leave of their duties on board the ship to do beach clean-ups at Black Bay Beach and Glass Beach in Dockyard.
KBB executive director Anne Hyde said: “It is wonderful to have this unexpected source of volunteers to help keep our beaches clean and litter-free. They have a shared understanding about the importance of keeping our oceans healthy.
“I met the group at Black Bay and welcomed Captain Alex Papadopoulos, master of the Celebrity Summit, and the environmental officer Diana Mihalache, along with three dozen crew members for an afternoon of community service benefiting Bermuda.
“We started with a brief presentation about how harmful litter is to our turtles, birds and other marine life who get tangled in it or ingest it.”
The large group of volunteers divided into teams to cover multiple areas, the adjacent beaches, the park and along the roadside all the way to Grey’s Bridge. They collected a mix of litter left behind from picnics and fishing or thrown from cars, as well as marine debris that floated to Bermuda from countries hundreds of miles away.
The team at Glass Beach took a group picture next to the Wedco sign reminding people that it is unlawful to remove the natural sea glass from the beach.
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