Guardians of the S.E.A.A.’s biggest beach cleanup yielded 493kg of trash

Guardians of the S.E.A.A.’s first beach cleanup of the year was also its biggest to date with 214 volunteers coming together to make a difference for our environment.

At about 9am on 28 July 2018, the volunteers were grouped into six teams and briefed on the dos and don’ts before walking towards their designated area along Tanah Merah Beach Site 7.

More than 90 students from Raffles Institution Boarding joined us for this meaningful activity.

Once on the beach, we were welcomed by a seemingly endless ‘plastic trail’.

As we walked further along, we saw even more evidence of our reliance on single-use plastic.

Time to get down to business.

Young volunteers were busy doing their part for the ocean.
Plastic plastic everywhere.

A hermit crab which found itself in the thick of the action was carefully picked up by students from Republic Polytechnic.

Less than 15 minutes after we started, the trash bags were filling up fast.

The teams also jotted down the number and type of trash collected. All these data will be collated and sent to International Coastal Cleanup.
“We cleaned the beach. GOTS.” Well done, Guardian of the S.E.A.A.!

After about an hour, and with the tide rising fast, it was time to call it a day and weigh the haul.

All that’s left.

A total of 493kg of trash was collected, with styrofoam and plastic pieces making up the bulk of the haul. A big thank you to all volunteers who made this possible!

Special thanks to our partner Republic Polytechnic!

And here are the people behind this event – S.E.A. Aquarium’s Conservation and Education Team.

Look out for more marine conservation events organised by Guardians of the S.E.A.A..
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