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September 13, 2018

Florida Aquarium volunteers to cleanup shoreline this Saturday

Volunteers and divers from The Florida Aquarium will participate in a shoreline cleanup at Ballast Point Park and Pier on Saturday, September 15th from 9am-12pm. The volunteers will clean up trash, plastic and debris while raising awareness of the importance of our clean shores for the health and wellness of marine animals and the natural environment.

The Florida Aquarium is working to reduce plastics use.  You won’t find a plastic straw in your drink at The Florida Aquarium’s Café Ray or be handed a plastic bag when you check out of its gift shop. The measures are part of a comprehensive Aquarium plan to combat a staggeringly pervasive pollutant – plastics – which poses a particular threat to the ocean.

Researchers have found approximately 8.8 million tons of plastics flow into the ocean each year, which the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) estimates is equal to one dump truck full of plastics per minute. The ACP is a collaboration of aquariums – including The Florida Aquarium – joining together to promote ocean and freshwater conservation, specifically by reducing plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes and rivers.

Please note there are a limited number of parking spaces at Ballast Point Park. Volunteers will meet at the park beginning at 8:30 AM for registration, safety briefing, and instructions and will get started by 9 AM.

The Florida Aquarium will be participating in the International Coastal Cleanup with partners from the Ocean Conservancy and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.