Concerned citizens from throughout the area are set to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17 by tackling marine debris throughout the Absecon Island back bays. This coordinated effort between the green teams of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport will focus on removing as much debris from the wetlands as possible on this day. Volunteers are invited to participate with motor boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, however there will also be plenty of work for walkers and land lovers.
Rain or Shine
Maps will be provided listing locations requiring cleanup attention
Please report to one of the following staging areas: Albany Avenue boat ramp (Atlantic City, contact Tony Vraim), Newport Marina (Ventnor, contact Mike Advena), Viking Rowing Club Dock on Surrey Avenue (Ventnor, contact Diane Birkbeck), Captain Andy's Dock / Teal (Margate, contact Rich Moore), Borough Hall Dock (Longport).
This effort was conceived by Rich Moore of Teal Charter Cruises in Margate, NJ. “Being out on the water every day, in the back bays and ocean, it’s staggering to see how much trash and debris litters the wetlands,” Moore said. “I know so many people that feel the same way, so I decided to partner with Sustainable Downbeach and get something going. They immediately said ‘yes’ and we started planning,” Moore added.
“One of the most amazing things to come out of planning this event is to realize how many people are concerned with the amount of trash in our back bays,” said Sustainable Margate Chairperson Monica Coffey. “Although this started out as an Absecon Island-focused event, we’re hoping that all Atlantic County communities will get on board and help clean up the wetlands in their communities. We definitely see this growing and becoming a yearly event,” Coffey noted.
Marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health. Our oceans and waterways are polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from soda cans and plastic bags to derelict fishing gear and abandoned vessels.
Today, there is no place on Earth immune to this problem. A majority of the trash and debris that covers our beaches comes from storm drains and sewers, as well as from shoreline and recreational activities such as picnicking and beach going. Abandoned or discarded fishing gear is also a major problem because this trash can entangle, injure, maim, and drown marine wildlife and damage property.
Sponsors of the event include 95.1 WAYV, Atlantic City Clean Communities, Ventnor City, Longport Borough, Margate City, Margate Green Team, VentnorGreen Team, Teal Cruises, Margate Business Association, Longport Green Team, Newport Marine, Inc., Ray Scott’s Dock, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Surfrider Foundation, South Jersey Chapter and the Ventnor Tourism Association.
For more information and event updates, a Facebook event has been established and can be viewed by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/sustainabledownbeach