TTS Beach Cleaning

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

Endless Development?

Unless Jersey continues to reclaim land and eventually becomes a sort of ever growing doughnut shaped atoll one far off day we will probably have to stop developing on new ground. About 10 years ago is when I’d have liked this to happen (or twenty even) but realistically I doubt if there’s really an end in sight. Continue reading →

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

Plemont Jersey Proposed Development

Planning application reference P/2011/1673

I have been thinking about this and feel very frustrated. Reading about the environment departments activities recently it seems that they seem to favour the “built environment” and are there mainly to facilitate the best exploitation of our very finite resources. Not a lot is obvious about the care for our natural environment and taking Plemont as an example – I wonder how much, if any, weight was given to the idea that the area could in fact be returned to nature for the benefit of all. The bias is definitely toward managing a spiralling  decline, with less and less resources until.. until what? Until there is no space left? Until we designate an area a National Park and then use that to justify development everywhere else?

Please say no to Plemont.

Please support the National Trust’s Efforts.

Gill Nets

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-15634260

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.

BBC Tropic of Cancer

MCS Survey Results

MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend 2011 reveals plastic-wrapped threat to beach cleanliness

An interesting and pertinent item in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual survey results for 2011 which have just been released shows an 11% rise in the number of dog poo bags left on beaches. Its a common sight here too, dog owners picking up after their dogs, only to leave the full bags on the beach. These are then a greater health hazard to wildlife than dog waste  alone.

More info here at the MCS website

Good News

You may have noticed a lot of Nivea bottles washed up on the beaches this winter which turn out to be from a container lost about a year ago. they came to the attention of Martin Dorey in Cornwall who contacted Nivea about it which you can read about here:  http://campervanliving.blogspot.com/2012/02/message-in-bottle.html. I got in touch with Martin to compare notes and today received this: Continue reading →