On June 8, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Visit Palm Beach, The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management, Beach Bucket Foundation, and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area hosted a cleanup to celebrate and draw attention to World Ocean Day, which is recognized on June 8 every year.
Approximately eight million tons of plastic enter the marine ecosystem impacting thousand species of marine life every year. More than 110 volunteers of all ages, worked together to remove more than 700 pounds of trash from the Atlantic shoreline and Intracoastal Waterway along Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, Fla., 200 pounds more than the previous year.
Volunteers walked, kayaked and used their paddleboards to collect trash, harmful debris, and other pollutants from the Coral Cove Park’s Atlantic shore and waterway. All cleanup supplies were provided by the Beach Bucket Foundation.
This event provided an opportunity to educate the community and reflect on the important role the overall marine environment has for our public health and the planet. We hope others can be inspired to take these small steps towards long-term sustainability and protection of our marine ecosystem that supports and connects us all.
To learn more about World Ocean Day and other volunteer opportunities to keep our Palm Beach County-operated parks and beaches clean, visit www.pbcparks.com.