International Coastal Cleanup


Every year, on the 3rd Saturday in September, we join the tens of thousands worldwide volunteers for the annual International Coastal Cleanup that is coordinated locally by Keep Martin Beautiful and internationally by the International Ocean Conservancy, to harness the power of people to fight ocean trash by removing debris and and trash from beaches and waterways all over the world.

The Clean Up Crew

Back row: Jeff McMillion, Joanne McMillion, David Holtzinger, Linda Zylman, Suzie Bubla, Lynn Banas, Jim Banas, Linda Wolf. Front row: Erin Jenkins Banas, Mike Banas, Krisse Banas, Anthony Burr, Nicole Burr. Photographer: Ryder Burr

Our Assignment

Three boats gave us plenty of social distancing space as we traveled down the intracoastal to meet up at Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge opposite Peck Lake Park.

The coastal cleanup movement that began more than 30 years ago also includes recording each item collected so ICC can identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future. Erin Jenkins recorded our finds — plastic, glass, bottle caps, kiddie barrettes, one-half of a pair of shoes, and dozens of plastic straws.

Boat Captain: Harold Jenkins with Hyjenx. Photographer: Linda Wolf

Thanks to volunteers around the world, the International Coastal Cleanup is a beacon of hope for our oceans. It has created a family that spans oceans and borders, and for one day, we were part of that family.

A network of volunteers working together for something bigger than ourselves!

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