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Mombasa County Beach Clean Up | Coastweek

Coastweek-- Serena beach Resort and Spa’s Mombasa General Manager Tuva Mwahunga [fifth right], flanked by among others his Human Resource Manager Tom Lelo [sixth right] and workers clean up the Hotel beach in Mombasa County on Saturday. They among the estimated 3,000 beach cleaners in other beaches across the Coast line marking the 2016 International Beach Clean up day to get rid of trashes from the Sea areas. The day long event organized by the Ocean Conservancy was jointly sponsored by the Mombasa County, Haller park, Kenya Maritime Authority, NEMA, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kleen Kleeners, Cordio East Africa, Wilf life Conservation Society, Klers, Bamburi Cement and Coast Development Authority. PHOTOS BY PWANI IMAGES
Kenyans Join International Coastal Clean Up Event

Coastweek-- Kenyan volunteers numbering 3,000 took part in this years annual International Coastal Clean up exercise which covered long stretches of the white sandy beaches  in Mombasa, Diani, Likoni, Malindi, Kiunga Lamu, Kiwayu  Watamu and Jumba Ruins in Mtwapa, Kilifi county respectively.

According to International Coastal Clean Up Kenya Co-ordinator David Olendo, preliminary report on the exercise indicated that discarded medical equipments like syringes and condoms still found their water into or near our coastal beaches.

“Every year thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60 per cent of that being composed of plastic material,” he said.

Plastics especially last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 individual pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean.

Plastics are very hazardous to marine life, killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an immense number of fish in our ocean.

Coastal Cleanup Day encourages us to get out to our beaches and help to limit this problem by cleaning up the garbage that has washed up on shore, and that left by visitors every day.

Coastal Cleanup Day was established by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that work to help protect the ocean from the challenges it faces every year.

They serve as a voice for the ocean, speaking of the issues that aren’t often represented through social networking, publicized updates, and challenges like asking your waitress to skip the straw for your drink. Efforts like that work towards a trash free ocean.

Trash in the water impacts the world on many levels, including harming wildlife, humans, and impacting the livelihood of those who work on the ocean.

It causes economic damage by affecting tourism and recreation and the money they bring into those communities that are the ocean shore.

The Ocean Conservatory knows that solving these issues requires bold initiatives and eliminating the sources of the trash that damages the ocean.

Volunteers at the Kenyan coast were drawn from  educational institutions, private firms, environmental NGos, tourist hotels and government agencies.

In Mombasa, the exercise took place along the scenic  Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach  frontage with hundreds of volunteers including staff from the US Embassy (Nairobi) travelling down to Mombasa to take part in the event.

General Manager of Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel & Spa Tuva Mwahunga led hotel staff, guests and local beach operators in cleaning and collecting litter along its white pristine sandy beaches.

“We are glad to honour this call of environmental clean up as we join the rest of the world in this very noble exercise,” Mwahunga said.

Mwahunga said that they have managed as a unit to empower staff  and guests alike to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the ocean.

Olendo said that garbage collected included plastic bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps, cigarette butts, straws and glass with the most peculiar being syringes and condoms.

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