ADOPT A BEACHMARKer
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates there are somewhere between 20 million and 1.8 billion pieces of plastic along the coastline of the United States, with the number likely at the upper end of this range.
Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Marine debris affects the life of many ocean animals through either ingestion or entanglements. Sea turtles, mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, often end up eating them and blocking their digestive system which can lead to their death. And trash such as fishing lines and ropes can wrap around the fins and limbs of fish, whales, crustaceans, seabirds and other animals, affecting their ability to eat, move and care for their young.
also HARMS HUMANS
When our oceans are polluted, it affects our health in many ways as well. Direct toxicity from plastics comes from lead, cadmium, and mercury--toxins that are dangerous for humans but are unfortunately found in more and more fish in the oceans. Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) contained in some plastics, is a toxic carcinogen, and other toxins in plastics are directly linked to cancers, birth defects, immune system problems, and childhood developmental issues.
There's also the secondary effect of economic loss caused by marine debris. Unsightly beaches create problems for local tourism, massive debris can cause damage to vessels and when the marine life dwindles in places where fishing is a major economic player, it can affect the lives of families and entire communities.
MARINE DEBRIS TAKES A REALLY,
really LONG TIME TO GO AWAY
1 million years
LUCKILY, pitching-in to HELP KEEP PORT ARANSAS' BEACHES SAFE & BEAUTIFUL is QUITE easY
Pick up a yellow reusable trash bag, kindly provided by Keep Port Aransas Beautiful, at any of the following beach markers: E, I, 0, 1, 17, 19, 25, 34, 39, 42, 43, 59, 62, 99
Toss your newly collected trash into any of the available Port Aransas Trash Cans on the beach.
Document your good deed with a photo of you or your team and post it on Instagram to spread the word!