Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) employees from the Port of Mossel Bay will volunteer their time on International Coastal Cleanup Day, commemorated this year on 21 September, towards cleaning up the local coastlines. The clean-up, hosted in partnership with the Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team (S.M.A.R.T.), also forms part of planned activities around World Maritime Day, which will be globally observed on 26 September.
TNPA will also be involving two (2) of its adopted schools, Garden Route and Imekhaya Primary where 20 grade seven (7) learners from each school shall be participating in the clean-up through the TNPA volunteer programme. This effort is aimed at creating awareness and encouraging the youth to play an active role in conserving our coastline and environment.
National efforts include beach clean-ups around other ports as TNPA recognises its role in protection of the ocean. Thousands of tons of garbage end up in the oceans every year, with about 60 percent of the pollutants composed of hazardous plastic material. It is estimated that more than a million birds and over 100 000 seals, turtles, whales and fish die from pollution annually. To create awareness and inspire action, International Coastal Clean-up Day encourages people to get out to our beaches and help to limit this problem by cleaning up the garbage that has washed up on shore.
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