SeaKeepers Kayak/Canoe Clean-up


SeaKeepers Kayak/Canoe Clean-up
Morningside Picnic Island, Biscayne Bay
September 2020

On September 19th, 2020, SeaKeepers hosted another Kayak Clean-up for International Coastal Cleanup Day. This time volunteers kayaked from Morningside Park to the Morningside Picnic Island in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Fourteen (14) volunteers attended and removed about 275 pounds of trash from the Miami River. Most of the garbage found was plastic and foam pieces, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, glass bottles, and plastic bottles. The amount of trash found in the interior of this one small island was absolutely incredible and disheartening. Each piece collected was recorded and categorized in the Clean Swell App, which can help determine which areas are most affected by marine debris, and which trash items are most problematic.

SeaKeepers hopes to continue the Kayak Clean-up project as a way to engage the community in keeping our waterways and marine ecosystem clean and free of life threatening plastic and debris. We look forward to expanding this program by not only making it a regular occurrence, but also calling to action all others in the community and other communities to also take to the water and do their part. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

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