On 27 June, members of SEA LIFE Manchester’s Conservation team and over 80 volunteers from the North West came together, to take part in a large scale clean up operation on Formby beach, in partnership with the National Trust.
SEA LIFE Manchester has worked with the National Trust to host a number of beach cleans in Formby and the surrounding areas over recent years.
Last year in total, SEA LIFE Manchester along with 100 volunteers collected a staggering 2277kg of harmful rubbish such as netting and small plastics from Formby beach and their sponsored section of the Manchester ship canal. Broken down that’s 621.4kg from the canal cleans and 1655.6kg from the beach cleans.
All volunteers will receive free day entry ticket to SEA LIFE Manchester for their conservation efforts, and will be automatically entered into a monthly conservation champion prize draw, to win either a free SeaTREK experience or a Turtle Feed with resident green sea turtle Ernie!
Jenn McDonough, General Manager of Manchester SEA LIFE said: “SEA LIFE Manchester is committed to the conservation of the ocean, to help protect marine life and the environment. We are absolutely thrilled with today’s turnout and would like to thank all our volunteers for their continued support of such a fantastic cause, which directly helps to protect our native aquatic creatures.”
An estimated 26 million tons of plastic pollution ends up in the oceans each year where it chokes, entangles and poisons marine life. Plastic pollution is responsible for the killing millions of marine creatures each year.
If you would like to help combat the pollution of the UK’s beaches and volunteer at the next beach clean up email: ConservationSLM@merlinentertainments.biz
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