June 07, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust recently led two beach clean ups, both. The first was as part of the Football Foundations educational programme with scholars from Masakhane. Together with Wilfred Chivell, the team eagerly cleaned up a stretch from the Strandveld Museum in Franskraal. This area yielded a full bag of fishing line in under an hour, among other rubbish. Lots of food wrappers, clothing items, bags and bottles.

The second was with the prefects from Gansbaai Academia and the area cleaned was Kleinbaai Harbour. Here the worst offender was cigarette filters with over 400 collected. This combined with a lesson on our marine species and the impacts of marine pollution will hopefully be something this very dynamic team will go on and share with the rest of the school.

The Trust is grateful to those members of the community who are actively using the fishing line bins placed. They are emptied by the Municipality on a regular basis and it is good to see the project working. The Trust would like to appeal to those who work or visit the Kleinbaai harbour to please avoid throwing away their cigarette filters. Multiplied by others, this seemingly small item becomes a much bigger problem.

Wednesday the 8th June is World Oceans Day and the Trust will once again host the Masakhane team who will learn more about the species of the area as they head out on Whale Whisperer.