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International Coastal Cleanup Day – 16 September 2017 – was a huge success!!

The build up to International Coastal Cleanup Day was filled with Adrenalin and enthusiasm.
No less than 9 cleanups along the Whale Coast was put in place by Coastal Cleanup Conservation (CCC) and bags and forms delivered followed up by meetings with the relevant coordinators.
A word of thanks to Pierre de Villiers (Cape Nature) and Liezl de Villiers (Overstrand environmental planning) for approving permits to access the beach at Grotto and Die Plaat De Kelders.
This is a report of what actually happened:

 

a) Kleinmond: Two of the Three cleanups were cancelled due to the unrest situation
b) Hangklip, Die Plaat: Volunteers dropped out due to rain

 

The Feedback:
a) Hangklip: An area of 1km from Maasbaai to Maanskeinbaai (Lighthouse in the middle) was cleaned by 30 volunteers.
71 Bags were filled and due to rain and wind – NO count was done. The following was what came out of this cleanup:
Lots of beer bottles and polistyrene take away containers as if vagrants frequent this area.
Lots of Cable ties, black bags, condom wrappers, plastic bottles and fishing line entangled in kelp.
The items found here is totally different to the marine Debris found at Pringle Bay – according to a local who participated in the cleanup.

 

b) Kleinmond:
Our coordinator on the ground: Carl Swart  took 30 adults and 35 kids on a cleanup, mostly around the lagoon but alos on the beach.
The Kleinmond beach is clean due to regular cleanups by locals and EPWP
A lot of volunteers joined Carl’s group after the Harbour cleanup was cancelled.
c)Sandbaai:
Whale Coast Conservation Coordinated this cleanup
An area of 2.3km was cleaned: Zwelihle coastline (1.4km) and the border area between Zwelihle and Sandbaai.
This was a very disheartening cleanup: a lot of public litter by vagrants and homeless. The coast all along Zwelihle is littered by plastic bottles and other marine debris washed out by the Ocean. However, at the end of Schulphoek Road is an area of serious need of government attention. This is literally a dumping site. The pathway to Sandbaai starts about 250 meters from a green belt as seen on the attached map.

Anina Lee: “We did not tally the pieces of furniture (including a whole sofa) and large pieces of upholstery foam, carpets, etc. we found in the storm water drainage sloot.

I also did not include the roughly 250 unused condoms still in boxes. As we know, they are used to keep divers’ cell phones dry.

There was also a huge dump of rubbish near the forest that the Curro kids found and didn’t attempt to clean up.”

School kids who took part:
11 Curro
13 Lukhanyo Primary Zwelihle
20 Zwelihle Primary
3 Adults Volunteers
3 WCC Staff members

CCC has cleaned this area twice during the year and sadly there is absolutely NO improvement to this area.

d) Grotto Beach:
Hermanus High: 80 learners
Hermanus Primary: 30 Learners
30 adult Volunteers

The group was divided into 4 teams: Hermanus High cleaned the Lagoon (2 teams). Hermanus Primary Cleaned Grotto Beach for a 4km stretch (2 teams)
16 Bags were filled, mostly from the lagoon.

Concerning is the items picked up along the lagoon:
86 Beer and other alcohol glass bottles
127 black printer rolls and cable ties and Label bands( Abalone farm)
241 food and chip wrappers
Items picked up along the Beach: Mostly small sweet and chip wrappers, small pieces of plastic, bottle tops.

We got caught in the rain at one stage and transporting some kids to the 4km mark along Grotto Beach via a trailer didn’t work so well.

Afterwards the learners from the Primary school were treated to a Boerewors braai and a coke sponsored by Checkers Hermanus, Peninsula Beverages and Dutchies @ Grotto

e) Die Plaat, De Kelders
Coordinated by Jack Gryffenberg – local of De Kelders and avid supporter.
Due to rain about 15 volunteers pulled out. 16 People took part in the actual cleanup
this cleanup was done over two days (Saturday and Sunday)

The area cleaned is a catch point for marine debris and needs to be cleaned once a month. Further talks with Cape Nature is a necessity to ensure regular access to this area is provided for ongoing sustainable cleanups managed by CCC
As can be seen on the Die Plaat Report form: 2 4x4’s were filled with heavy rope, net and containers.
Items of concern: fishing line, rope, Food containers of all sorts, bottle caps

Only one bird and a seal were found dead on the beach

f) Kleinbaai – Danger Point
A coastal cleanup with 2 Gansbaai Primary Schools coordinated by Christoff Longland – a local resident and avid supporter of CCC
2.5km area cleaned with about 30 kids
8 bags were filled
This is an area that is regularly cleaned by EPWP and yet there is always need for regular cleanups

​g) Gansbaai Coast (Camping site to Tidal Pools)
Coordinated by Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Thanks to Pinkey Ngewu – Project manager at Dyer Island Conservation Trust, for the images and the data
21 Bags were filled over an distance of 2.1km.

About 60 people took part in this cleanup