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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