Cleanup of bay

Wa­ter­shed group joins Is­land-wide shore­line beach cleanup ef­fort

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

John Lane spies a six­pack yoke and re­trieves it from the beach sand.

The yoke’s pur­pose is to hold bev­er­age cans to­gether for trans­port, but they have a men­ac­ing af­ter-life once they’re reck­lessly dis­carded, the co-or­di­na­tor of the Cas­cumpec Bay Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion ad­vises.

Lane ex­plained the open­ings in the yoke can be­come a death trap for fish or small an­i­mals.

They are so much of a con­cern to him that be­fore he places any of the yokes into his waste cart he rips the rings apart.

The Cas­cumpec Bay Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion held a beach shore­line cleanup ear­lier this month from the Gap near Jac­ques Cartier Pro­vin­cial Park in Kil­dare to the en­trance to Al­ber­ton Har­bour, a dis­tance of about eight kilo­me­tres.

The CBWA is get­ting in­volved as part of the Is­land­shore­line beach cleanup cam­paign, spear­headed by the P.E.I. Aqua­cul­ture Al­liance.

The CBWA wants to point out the harm that is be­ing done to the en­vi­ron­ment by im­proper dis­posal of garbage.

They’re plac­ing a spe­cial em­pha­sis on rid­ding the beach of plas­tic.

“It just doesn’t go away; it’s still in the ecosys­tem,” Lane said of dis­carded plas­tic and other de­bris.

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