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I was just going to walk the dog…24th April 2013

Is this acceptable?

MCS results 14 May 2013

I received the latest newsletter from The Marine Conservation Society today, of which I am a supporter, publishing the results of recent Beachwatch Big Weekend beach cleans which indicate a big rise in plastic litter on our beaches.

This reminded me of my walk a couple of weeks ago, on the 17th April to be exact from La Haule slipway to the Gunsite. I was stunned again to see so much refuse and plastic waste along the waterline, and again i want to ask, “Why isn’t more being done by the States to keep our beaches clean?”

What is interesting is that walking along St Ouen’s beach i will see mostly what I call pelagic waste – rubbish blown or washed in from elsewhere, but in St. Aubin’s bay it is, or appears to be mostly local or native waste like bags and sweet wrappers, but also a lot of what appears to be sanitary waste, which would beg the question about whether it is coming from Bellozane somehow, or perhaps trapped by changes in currents and water flow caused by the reclamation site, or if not these, then where?

Either way, for an image that relies, and is publicised so heavily on Tourism, having sanitary towels washing around in the water is probably not ideal. St Aubin’s, especially the west end, used to be popular with beach goers, but now looks like a waste land half the time. If something is not done, it will end up being abandoned as a destination for anyone.

And why should it just be charities, school children, and those that cannot stand by and do nothing alone that try and clean the mess up? Am I alone in saying to the States of Jersey:

“You are responsible for our environment, and I want it to be clean.”

TTS Tel Number to collect Rubbish

+44 1534 44 83 84

Call TTS if you see large, worrying, or dangerous rubbish on the beaches.

TTS Beach Cleaning

More to follow but heres the video – poor quality – just used my phone, but you get the idea.

Seaweed – Progress?

Our efforts are bearing fruit as the environment minister Deputy Rob Duhamel admits moving seaweed to the low water line is a “thankless” and “pointless” task. Options are being considered, one of which is to encourage businesses to utilise this resource more. watch this space…

JEP 18 July Seaweed disposal

Beach Cleaning

Are we making progress with beach cleaning? States Sitting 26/6/12

5.10 Senator L.J. Farnham:

After the previous opportunity to question the Minister in the Assembly I asked if he knew how many beach-cleaning machines the department owned and how many were in service.  He undertook to let me have that information, to date he has not.  I just wondered if he had found out that information and if he has not could he please let me have it.

Deputy K.C. Lewis:

I believe we have 2 machines which are for beach cleaning, which is, at the moment, temporarily suspended.  We are in talks with colleagues at the Department of the Environment to get beach cleaning recommenced as soon as possible. Continue reading →

Proposal – V.1.0

My first attempt at proposals to improve the situation.

1. Better monitoring of beaches to identify rubbish hotspots and problem areas

2. Use community service as resource for manual beach cleaning

3. Provide clear, high visibility collection points for rubbish at beaches and beach access points – with recycling bins

4. Show Flotsam / Jetsam hotline numbers at beach access points

5. Ban glass from beaches

6. Cigarette pollution awareness campaign – don’t discard cigarette butts

footnote:

Having a programme for the reduction in plastics washed up on our shores, and a genuine environmental programme to reduce plastics in our coastal marine environment and ecosystems would be very beneficial to jersey’s image as a tourist destination. Having well managed rubbish points with recycling at beaches would promote awareness and encourage better stewardship.

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