Back to School Beach Party at The Wetlab
August 25, 2023
On Saturday, August 19th, The International SeaKeepers Society hosted a cleanup at Margaret Pace Park, one of our monthly cleanup locations. We had 13 volunteers join us to collect as much trash as possible from the park’s grassy areas, as well as the rocks and mangroves on the shoreline. Margaret Pace Park is a popular location for many people to recreate on weekend mornings, and we were excited to see how many local people were enthusiastic to join us. Unfortunately, the park’s proximity to the coast allows for all garbage that accumulates to enter Biscayne Bay, especially after many days of rain. Over the course of the cleanup, our volunteers filled 6 trash bags with debris, accumulating to 52.8 pounds of trash! Among the items collected, bottle caps and plastic fragments were the most common. The size of these pieces of debris makes them particularly harmful to marine mammals, fish and birds that may ingest them, which is why we strive to clean coastal areas where litter can easily be washed into the bay. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who joined us to leave Margaret Pace Park a little bit cleaner.
On Friday, August 25th, 2023 The International SeaKeepers Society attended the Back to School Beach Party at The Wetlab, the bar at The Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science. The event consisted of live music by Invasive Species, a beach cleanup sponsored by Rescue a Reef, and many community organizations set up tables with information about their programs. SeaKeepers joined Sustainability by the Sea, Rescue a Reef, The Rounds, Frost Science, MUVE, Debris Free Oceans, Coastlove and other organizations by the beach to allow students, professors and visitors to learn more about the environmental organizations in their community that are doing work to promote sustainability in Miami. We appreciate The Wetlab for allowing SeaKeepers to have a presence at the event and reach conservationists in the community that may want to volunteer or partner with us!