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  • Biscayne National Park | International Coastal Cleanup 2019

    The 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day is harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash!  Join us for the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from across the globe!

    VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade’s local participation in this global event with 40+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Capital One Café, Wells Fargo, and Miami Beach Suncare.

    We will provide gloves, garbage bags, data collection cards, sunscreen, and a souvenir tote bag with this year’s marine animal theme, the Pelican!  Community Service hours also provided.  Where possible, please have guests in your party RSVP individually so we can ensure they get all the information and details about the event and so that we can accurately plan for turnout.

    Volunteers should:

    • Dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. No flip flops or sandals! 
    • Sunglasses and hat are highly recommended
    • Bring gloves if you have them (we suggest reusable working, gardening or dish gloves that you can pick up at the grocery store/home depot) We will have some onsite but cannot guarantee your size
    • Bring water in a reusable container. Let’s reduce waste and refuse single-use disposable plastic water bottles, where possible.
    • Volunteers must check-in and sign waivers before any materials (bags, cards, or gift bags can be distributed) An online waiver will be sent out in advance and paper waivers on the day-of. 
    • **Minimum age is 16 to participate. If you are under 18 and coming without a parent or guardian, you must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form in advance **

    Before the event, download the Ocean Conservancy’s CleanSwell app to participate in the Citizen Science activity to log, tally and measure the impact of your cleanup.  It’s easier and more fun than using the paper data cards!

     

    What we will be doing: we will travel by boat to one of Elliott Key’s sea turtle nesting beaches. We will anchor in waist-deep water, then wade into the beach. Marine debris removal will continue for a few hours, then we’ll break for lunch. Depending on weather, progress and boat space, we may load and then move to another site, repeat. We will weigh the debris as we load the boats.

    Upon return to the dock, we will unload the debris, take photos, make sure that data is recorded, and dispose of the debris.

     

    About the International Coastal Cleanup:

    Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enter our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies 

    Over the past 34 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has brought together nearly 13 million people from over 150 countries to collect nearly 250 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways.

    Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for trash picking up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.

    By volunteering at ICC, you will be actively participating in a global citizen science project, not only by removing marine debris but by also cataloging and tallying what you find using the Ocean Conservancy’s data collection cards or Clean Swell app. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world.

     

    To be placed on the cleanup waiting list, please contact Ana Zangroniz at: azangroniz@ufl.edu.

     

    WHEN
    September 21, 2019 at 8am
    WHERE
    Biscayne National Park
    9700 SW 328th St
    Homestead, FL 33033-5634
    United States
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