Philipsburg:--- The 2011 International Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday September 17th at the Mullet Bay Beach from 7am-10am.
The local coordinator for the event is local environmental awareness group Sint Maarten PRIDE Foundation.
All volunteers from all walks of life are welcome. Last year over 650 volunteers took part and we are looking forward to increasing our volunteer participation this year.
The International Coastal Cleanup is a world-wide volunteer event organized by the Ocean Conservancy in over 108 countries. Volunteers will be collecting trash and also making an inventory of all trash collected on a special data card.
The data is then compiled into the Ocean Conservancy world-wide trash report. For more information and to see the trash items breakdown by country: go to www.oceanconservancy.org
Saturday September 17th will see three cleanup events: Mullet Bay beach for the General Public from 7am-10am.
ROTARY SUNRISE will be helping the Simpson Bay Community by cleaning up the Simpson Bay Beach, all resident from the neighborhood are welcome to join. Meeting place is at the Sr. Regina Primary School at 7am.
Our underwater diving cleanup is open only for experienced divers. This takes place at Ocean Explorers Dive Center on Kim Sha Beach. Registration for the dive is at 9am.
Dive volunteers will be going beneath the surface to remove trash from the ocean floor.
The International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches and waterways, identify the sources of trash, and change the behaviors that cause ocean trash in the first place.
Our beaches and clean oceans are economically valuable indicators for our tourism destination to thrive and continue attracting millions of annual visitors to our shores.
During the month of September, local schools have signed up to conduct the Coastal Cleanup at other beach locations.
The Grand sponsors this year are the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the Sint Maarten Chamber of Commerce.