I have written before about the trash that washes up on our beaches continuously out at Glover’s Reef. It’s endless. There are times of year when it’s worse, but not only does it wash up daily, but the overall volume has definitely increased as the years have progressed. We have been based out of Glover’s Reef since 1991 (!)
We pay people to pick it up, we con our guests (particularly when there’s a trip with lots of kids) to help pick it up by staging big competitions (with fabulous prizes, of course). After the award ceremony, I always give a little speech about the health of the oceans, and suggest everyone might choose to not buy bottled water, or get food in plastic take out containers.
One thing I never think to mention is the single use grocery bag. They are particularly harmful to sea creatures, and get tangled up in the coral, harming them also. I just came across this article that has made my day. Three months ago California banned the use of these bags! Statewide!!! California is the first state in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.
What great news! It’s a tiny part of the world, and won’t likely affect our island way down in Belize…. but it’s a start. Here’s a fervent hope that other states and also other nations follow.