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Maine’s Event: Holiday beach cleanup, costume contest, and surf

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By: Keith Cialino

Approximately 30 volunteers met at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunkport, ME on Saturday, December 7th and conducted a beach cleanup, followed by a holiday costume contest and surf session. Volunteers collected pieces of hard plastic, foam, fishing line, plastic wrappers, and what looked like a bath rug during the cleanup.

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Maine’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation hosted the cleanup effort, fundraiser, and Santa Surf.  The organization awarded prizes for best beard, most jolly, and the best reindeer costume. Funds raised went towards Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign and an ongoing case fighting for beach access rights along Maine’s 228 miles of shoreline.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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