A big community spring clean of Tasman Bay beaches and other coastal areas between Marahau and Cable Bay is planned in time for summer.
When: Saturday, 9 November 2013
Time: Start as early as you like but be aware rubbish collection points are only open between 10:00 am and 1.00 pm..
Where: Marahau to Cable Bay (approximately 50 beaches)
Department of Conservation, in partnership with Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and Nelmac, plan to run another Big Beach Clean-up on Saturday 9 November 2013 and are seeking groups who participated last year to sign up again.
Last year over 500 volunteers collected 6 tonnes of rubbish from a staggering 293 kilometres of beach between Cable Bay and Abel Tasman.
The plan is to run the project on much the same basis as last year with interested groups invited to visit the DOC website and register. There you will find maps and information on how to get mobilised.
Tides and weather
Youth ambassadors for the Big Beach Clean-up
Patrick Gerard - Year 12 boarder at Nelson College.
I originally come from a remote sheep and beef farm in the Mid-Pelorus of the Marlborough Sounds. My family have strong ties with the Pelorus, my siblings and I being sixth-generation Sounds residents. Every month since the late 1990s, my family have conducted a beach cleanup in a bay adjacent to our property where marine debris from (predominantly) mussel farms and (to a lesser extent) recreational activities collect.
The primary school I went to also undertook an annual beach cleanup and subsequently tallied the debris and kept records of what was found. Although I only visit home on long weekends and holidays, I am still deeply connected with the Sounds at heart.
I am extremely passionate about the environment and want to ensure future generations will also be able to appreciate the beauty of surrounding natural landscapes.
It is an honour to be on board with the Big Beach Clean-up.
Lotte van Ginkel – Environmental captain at Waimea College.
Marine debris is a worldwide problem with about 7 billion tonnes of rubbish making it’s way into the sea every year. Over 2 million liters of rubbish has been collected in Auckland alone since 2002! Is this the ‘Clean and Green’ image we advertise New Zealand as?
Lotte van Ginkel
As Environmental Captain at Waimea College, I try to raise awareness about ‘stopping trash before it starts’, but this requires a change in the mindset of people and will take a long time to achieve. Taking part in a beach clean up is therefore a great way to be proactive and help now; one plastic bottle alone can take up to 450 years to decompose in the ocean.
By helping with a beach clean up you can remove that plastic bottle (and more) from the marine environment. The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, and is an important part of the water cycle to provide the water we drink.
My generation has inherited the ocean, trash and all, and we owe the ocean. Cleaning up the beaches is one thing we can do in return. So roll up your sleaves, put on your gumboots and get involved in this great event.
Toi tu te marae o Tangaroa
Toi tu te marae o nga Tangata
If the domain of Tangaroa is healthy
then the people will be healthy.