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Glanadh na dTránna – Beach Clean-up

Brent Geese at Salthill. Image © J. Tiernan 2010

Volunteers required for Beach Clean-up

This week-end local volunteers will help to make a practical difference to their local beach by removing rubbish from Grattan and
Salthill beaches.

The annual Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean and Survey, organised by Galway Atlantaquaria and supported by Glan Suas Gaillimh will take place on Saturday 18th September at 12 noon. The litter collected will also be recorded, so that the main sources of the litter can be identified. Beach litter is more than just an eyesore for thousands of beach visitors across the country; it is a global issue that represents a major threat to many vulnerable marine species. It is estimated that, globally, over a million birds and
100,000 marine mammals and turtles die every year from entanglement,
or ingestion of plastics.

MCS will use the survey results from this and the hundreds of other surveys that were carried out over the same weekend, to tackle the sources of beach litter.

All materials, survey sheets, pickers, bags and gloves will be provided and distributed on Saturday morning from the aquarium at 11.45am

The organisers would love to hear from interested volunteers and can be contacted on 091-585100 or email info@nationalaquarium.ie

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