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February 2018 small and micro plastics on beaches

An unprecedented amount of small plastics have accumulated at the tide line on beaches all around Jersey after days of strong southerly winds and rising tides. Most curious though, apart from the shear volume, is the amount of plastic pellets as used in the manufacturing process appearing on the beach. Many more walkers carry bags and collect plastics now than ever before – it has become an accepted sight compared with it being unusual a few years ago.

As these plastics float it really is time we found a viable way of extracting them from the surface of the water. For more information, support or to help, follow local environmentalist Sheena Brockie’s The Good Jersey Life page on Facebook.


Bel Royal to Millbrook Park

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.

Small Plastics

Someone quite rightly observed that much of what we have shown here so far looks like it was washed up after storms. So these are from a short stretch of beach – a few yards and represents just a fraction of the small and fragmented plastics that are accumulating on the beaches.

The State of our Beaches

One pair mens undies – white, one men’s left flipflop – black, four assorted lengths of rope, one nappy, two cistern ball floats used as fishing floats, two pallet straps, four plastic bottles, two pieces of expanded foam padding, three plastic bottle caps, one piece polystyrene,  two  unidentified pieces of plastic, one piece of  plastic mesh, and one glass pickled vegetable jar from Malaysia.

This is what I’ve found in the first three hundred yards of St Ouens beach, south of Le Braye slip on the 22nd June 2011 (a Wednesday) Continue reading →