By: Asma Mahdi
What does fishing line, a miniature plastic toy dog, and a single use water bottle have in common? They’re all marine debris found at this year’s International Coastal Cleanup.
Volunteers across the country from the Eastern shores of the U.S. to the Hawaiian islands participated in the largest single-day, volunteer effort to help protect our oceans from trash. In California alone, volunteers prevented nearly 680,000 pounds of trash from entering our oceans – stopping it in its tracks.
Thank you to all volunteers who came out on Saturday to clean up our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Here’s a look at what NOAA volunteers across the nation found during the cleanup event: