Helping to keep our oceans clean

Following on from yesterday’s article on Rotary St Francis and Kromme-Enviro Trust’s involvement with the eco-brick initiative, these two associations joined forces again on Sunday for another war on plastic and general non-biodegradable litter.  

The annual World Cleanup should have been held a fortnight ago but forecast inclement weather caused Kromme-Enviro Trust to sensibly delay the event until weather would not discourage participation. And what a great decision it turned out to be for the weather could not have been more perfect. A gentle breeze kept those walking the beaches and trails cool while scouring between and under rocks and bushes to eke out whatever litter could be found.

Apart for the normal litter of plastic bottles, bags, food cartons, nylon rope, fishing tackle and hooks, sinkers, slops, some china plates (from china it would seem) along with packs of Chinese biscuits probably ditched overboard by a passing Chinese ship or trawler and a set of test tubes. One unusual salvage was a mop, probably discarded by a disgruntled seaman instructed by the skipper to swab the decks.

.Kromme-Enviro Trust Chairman Warren Manser was thrilled with the turnout and commented “we handed out 200 bags and judging by the piles of litter most were filled. It is difficult to ascertain just how many people participated in the cleanup but it certainly was heartening to see the enthusiasm of those we spoke with as they brought their bounty to the Seal Point parking area”.

Very heartening as to how people are becoming aware of the importance to pick up litter, particularly plastic was a comment by Cape St Francis Resort’s CEO, Anita Lennox. “We, the resort staff walked from the resort all the way to Shark Rock and could only fill half a bag with the litter collected. In previous years there has been considerably more so it is indeed a positive sign that beach goers and fishermen are making an effort not to leave litter behind.”

Chris Milford with chokka rig (hook)

One matter of concern is something that maybe chokka boat skippers may like to address. Before sending out a lynch squad, it is understandable that chokka rigs along with their many hooks are bound to break off from to time to time. This is merely an appeal to request maybe a little more care be taken to try a reduce  the number of rigs that are shed. The amount of chokka hook rigs collected is a concern.

And now the big ask!

Ocean Cleanup have created a great little app that we would encourage every person who walks the beaches and reserves of St Francis to download and use to record what you pick up on your walks. Rather than explain, watch the video blow and then be sure to download the app.

Watch the video

and then get the app

Join the fight for Trash Free Seas with Clean Swell

Back: Trish Baker, Ken McGregor, Geanne Darke, Alex Gotte, Warren Manser, John Hay, Maryette Bakkes
Front: Maggie Langlands, Dominique Gotte