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San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up #529734
04/06/18 12:45 PM
04/06/18 12:45 PM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Tomorrow! Meet at the bridge at 7AM, the more help the better! Let's keep La Isla...BONITA!
Hosted by ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

Join us in clean sweeping our beautiful San Pedro Lagoon and mangrove waterways. Donít be late! We are meeting under the bridge. Letís clean up our mangrove river! We will have some boats available for people hop on, but if you want to bring your own means of transportation (anyone got kayaks?), then that's more room for garbage! There are also some spots accessible by land if you don't want to go out on the water! Bring dive boots/water shoes and some hand cleaner disinfectant, maybe a pair of scissors for snipping fishing line from mangrove.

Right now we have boats being provided by:
-MJ Leslie
-ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (10 person max)
-Lisa and Ronnie (4 person max)
-El Pescador, 3-4 boats

Comment if you can bring your boat and we will add you to this list! The more, the merrier, the cleaner!

This island is one ecosystem. The reef and the lagoon are not separate entities, they are connected. A large percentage of what we see in the ocean lives the early stages of their life in the mangroves, which provide a nursery for young and vulnerable marine life. We are losing this nursery at an alarming rate. Unregulated habitat destruction; frightening levels of heavy metals and chemicals; plastics, drywall, and just about everything else being dumped into the water and used as landfill; sewage being pumped directly into the waterways. This is all contaminating the precious nursery and slowly crippling the ecosystem. These unsustainable practices need to stop before the damage done becomes irreversible. If the lagoon dies, the reef dies, and if the reef dies, tourism dies. It's that simple.

Let's save our beautiful island ecosystem, one piece of trash at a time! WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! If you can't make it to the clean up, pick up some trash where you are! Every item picked up is one less piece of garbage that can pollute the environment. Let's show our love for where we live, San Pedro!

UPDATE: We will have the city garbage truck parked at the lagoon side terminal dock for the Water Taxi, which is where we will be dropping off our mountains of trash that are removed from the waters and mangrove. Trash is going to be put directly into boats and won't be bagged up until after it has been dropped off at the dock. We recommend bringing tarps, or even better, flattened card board boxes to protect the body of the boat as trash is being loaded inside.

Thank you guys in advance for spending your Saturday morning cleaning up the beautiful mangrove channels of the lagoon!

Re: San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up [Re: Marty] #529751
04/08/18 06:12 AM
04/08/18 06:12 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 65,250
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Click photos for more pictures!

San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up

So proud of our island! We had an incredible turn out at the San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up hosted by ACES and Reef Angel MJ Leslie! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! We removed everything you can think of from the lagoon - fridges, golf cart frames, thousands of bottles and bottle caps, rusted metal sheets and frames, a very old dell computer monitor, broken glass, plastic bags, an 8-inch long dread lock, piles of wood with nails sticking out, washing machines, bar chairs, fishing line... etc. The list goes on! Not only did participants clean up the areas most seen and traveled, trash was even removed from deep inside the mangroves and deep into the sea grass where wildlife inhabit.

This is a huge win for the whole ecosystem: the lagoon, reef, plants, animals, and people who enjoy the fruits of their loom! We cannot express how much gratitude we have for those who supported this event. Thank you and we will see you at the next Clean Up!

Lagoon Clean-Up Mobilizes San Pedro ResidentsÖEveryone Can Help
Yesterday lovers of San Pedro united to start a lagoon clean-up. Kids and businesses, locals and expats, visitors and our police and town council met up at 7am to pull plastic and trash from the water and mangroves around this incredibly important waterway. Saturday morning rockstars, Crocodile Chris and Christina of ACES and MJ Leslie of The Reef Angels and PassionKite, organized a hugely successful clean-up. In the stretch of water from Boca Del Rio park, under the bridge to the back side. We met. We picked up trash. Some in the water, some at the waterís edge. We talked about the new ban of single serve plastic bags and plates recently enacted by the Belize government (starting April 2019) Ė the awesomeness of it and the immense challenge. We picked up hundreds of straws and bottle caps and way more. Here are some of the pictures. Thousands of pounds of crap that the town council came to pick and bring to the dump.

Over 5000 lbs of trash removed from lagoon clean-up

The lagoon clean-up was organized by MJ Leslie of Passionkite Belize, Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), alongside fly fishermen, Alexander Gomez. The event saw the participation of students, divers, police officers, tour guides, business owners, fishermen, conservationists, councilors, children, media corps, and other concerned residents.

At 7AM, a large group of around 40 residents gathered at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in the Boca Del Rio Area. With seven boats on hand, the lagoon clean up began. Each boat carried a group of volunteers to tackle different areas of the lagoon, and some volunteers stayed ashore to clean up. After each team had filled their boats with garbage, they headed to the Sunset Boardwalk dock to drop off the garbage. Among the debris were old washing machines, dryers, golf carts parts, Styrofoam products, barrels, broken computers, refrigerators, rusty irons, grills, tires, pipes, and wood. By midday, the teams had dropped off more than 5,000 pounds of garbage removed from the mangrove roots in the lagoon. The San Pedro Town Council garbage trucks then picked the litter to take to the islandís garbage sorting site.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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