Welsh surfer and ocean activist Laura Truelove recently helped lead a beach clean with nearly 70 children and teachers from a Swansea school – and staff from A Rocha UK’s partner St Madoc Centre, Llanmadoc.
Kathryn Britton of Keep Wales Tidy also assisted with the two-hour clean-up. This marine task force gathered more than 30 bags of rubbish from one of these islands’ most spectacular shorelines.
‘Among the rubbish, there were all sorts from glass and plastic bottles to lighters, fisherman’s rope, cotton bud sticks, and even the odd shoe,’ said Laura (pictured), a representative for Surfers Against Sewage.
Laura has written extensively on the phenomenon of marine plastic – or ‘ghost gear’ – as she calls it. ‘Ghost gear is carelessly lost at sea, ready to entrap marine life,’ Laura wrote in Elephant Journal.
‘Raw, plastic nodules, also known as mermaid’s tears, are covered in a desert of sand. Clear, white and orange, they’re disguised as food, ingested by fish, and transferred to dinner tables.’
Surfers Against Sewage are tackling this ocean trash. St Madoc’s event was part of their Spring Beach Clean, supported by Cwm Rhyd y Ceirw Primary School, Swansea.
‘The kids were great hauling rubbish off the beach,’ said St Madoc’s Education Ranger Nathan Holland. ‘It makes you realise how much plastic is dumped every day – there’s so much rubbish in our waters.’
Part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network, St Madoc’s are organising the Gower Wildlife Holiday later this summer. Spaces are still available for the event, which runs from 3rd-9th September at the centre. Highlights include stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and quality home-cooked food.