Keeping False Bay Special

Img 5236Stephen Cruikshank has informed SST of his positive actions helping to improve the False Bay Hope Spot environment for all humans and marine creatures. Here is his story:

"I grew up in Kalk Bay and still spend a lot of time on Dalebrook Beach (Brass Bell side of beach) as well as surfing Kalk Bay Reef. On the inside of Kalk Bay Reef there is a small beach only exposed on low tide. The lie of the land and the currents create a perfect trap in this gully for a huge amount of litter. I have taken to going down to the beach and collecting the trash during the speing low tides. This little stretch is not popular with regular beach goers as it is a little distance from the tidal pool and popular rock pools on the St James side od Dalebrook Beach. In a way it is the perfect area to make a difference in a short space of time as there is often so much trash in a very small area. And the trash is mostly clean having been through the tumble wash of False Bay. No gloves required.Img 5237

"I have shared my sessions on Facebook and Twitter and each time I go down more and more volunteers join me. I have now started a Facebook group page, Keeping Our Beaches Special (KOBS), to keep people informed as to the best times for a cleanup and/or to invite members to join us the next time we are down there. 

"I find it most interesting the variety of stuff that we find there. By far the most unusual was a set of false teeth we found yesterday – they looked as clean as can be. 

Img 5244Concerning is the amount of cable ties we collect. By their nature cable ties need to be strong and durable. This though means that they do not break down when discarded and who knows how long they float around the oceans. I have noticed that plastic bottles now tend to degrade more so than in the past as a lot of the trash is bits of plastic bottles - often only the neck part with the bottle top attached. Is this a good thing though? Are they completely bio degradable or are the small plastic bits just becoming part of the sand which then gets ingested by sea creatures? Also littering certain areas and trapped in washed up kelp are broken polystyrene cups – loads of the stuff. Too much and too small to contemplate picking up. I’d love to find a solution to this though. Follow New York’s example and ban the sale and use of these cups?

Please join the Facebook group and then join us on the beach next time. It can be very therapeutic, like weeding your lawn. Once you start it’s difficult to stop."

PHOTO CREDITS: Pierre Marqua

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