Friends of Shoreham Beach were able to support the Surfers against Sewage Beach Clean Initiative on Sunday 8th by providing manpower and the loan of grabbers and bag holders.
Despite winds and steady sea drizzle, families and individuals from both the surfing community and other interested parties met at Carats Cafe and cleaned the beach from the Harbour’s Mouth to the area now being refilled with shingle from Shoreham Beach. Volunteers from Brighton University Surf Club, Southwick Surf Club and a visitor from France in the UK on holday helped remove 30+ bags of debris from the beach.
The usual culprits of plastic bags,caps and bottles were also joined by syringes and waste from shipping. By far the biggest new problem was the destruction of the large bags in which the newly arriving shingle had been loaded into to build up the sea defences. The high tides and waves of the previous week had not only exposed these bags but also torn them, spilling the ripped fabric onto the beach and degrading the bags into potentially lethal thin plastic strands. See pictures in the folder SAS Beach Clean in the Gallery and also follow the link to their Facebook page for more pictures:
It was the first beach clean run by organiser Matt Ellis and he was delighted with the result. FoSB were pleased to be able to help and advise. It’s great to build links between like minded organisations and we look forward to seeing some of the surfers at our winter beach clean