Clean Ocean Action Fall Beach Sweeps, October 24, New Jersey (multiple locations)

  • 24 October 2020 To 24 April 2020
  • Event Host : Clean Ocean Action
  • Event Location : Over 60 Locations, Over 60 Locations, NJ, United States
Clean Ocean Action Spring Beach Sweeps, April 25, NJ
Event Description

***Spring Beach Sweeps has been canceled, BUT Save the Date for the Fall Beach Sweep and Clean up, October 24, 2020.  

"Clean Ocean Action has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and our entire team remained optimistic that a modified form of the Beach Sweeps might be able to take place on April 25th. However, due to the extension of the federal lockdown through April 30, we will be cancelling the Spring Beach Sweeps this year to ensure public safety.

We know this is just as disappointing for you as it is for us. In 34 years, this is only the second time that the Beach Sweeps have been cancelled (the last time was due to a hurricane). In rain or shine, Beach Sweeps volunteers have showed their commitment to a clean ocean by getting feet on the beach and hands in the sand every April and October – all made possible by you. We remain optimistic that we will be able to do so again at the Fall Beach Sweeps on October 24th."

About the Beach Sweeps:

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 10,000 volunteers in 2018.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

Fish, whales, birds, and other animals often mistake litter for food.   As a result, animals get entangled in or ingest items, such as plastic bags, cigarette filters, and fishing line, with deadly results.  Cigarette filters mimic fish and have been found in the stomachs of birds and larger fish, blocking and affecting their digestion.  Also, the filters are made of plastic fibers and trap carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that are introduced into animals’ bloodstreams.  

Moreover, plastic litter takes a few years to several hundred years to break down, thereby threatening wildlife for decades.  Litter in waterways can also foul boat motors and propellers, resulting in costly repairs.  Finally, littered beaches can ruin a day at the beach.  Garbage slicks and wash-ups close beaches to swimming and are detrimental to tourism and the coastal economy.

Who should participate in Beach Sweeps?

Volunteers of all ages. Both walk-ons and registered volunteers are welcome. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to pre-register by completing the online form, or by calling COA's Sandy Hook office at 732-872-0111.  

How to get involved in Beach Sweeps:

  • To participate in the Beach Sweeps first review the list of Beach Sweeps sites
  • Once you've selected a site, register to participate! Registration for the Beach Sweeps is encouraged, but not required.
  • Check-in starts at 9:00 am.  Event is rain or shine.
  • Bring gloves and a trash bucket (this helps to reduce the number of plastic bags used).
  • Wear sunscreen and hard-soled shoes. 
  • Dress for the weather. Stay off dunes and respect wildlife.
  • Volunteers can click here to learn more about becoming a Beach Captain.
  • Volunteers age 15-18 can click here to learn more about becoming a Junior Beach Captain.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Clean Ocean Action
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Outdoor event

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