6. DEEPWAVE Beach Clean up at the Elbe in Oevelgoenne, Hamburg

The Marine conservation organization DEEPWAVE is organizing the int. ICC 27th litter collection day in Hamburg for the 6. time

° Litter collection day in Hamburg on the 15th September, 3pm, Museum Port – Övelgönne
° The plastic footprint: A staggering 6 million tons yearly increase of plastic litter in the world’s oceans
° Rivers deliver the trash to the seas
° Marine creatures die horribly as they mistake this litter for nourishment
° A practical solution would be avoidance of all litter on beaches and rivers

PRESS RELEASE Hamburg, 11th September 2012 – Plastic litter is is increasingly contaminating the worlds seas. The UN Environmental Authority states the increase as lying at a rate of 6.000.000 tons per year. In the Atlantic a plastic footprint equivalent in size to Germany and Poland together, consisting of human emanated waste swims around. Landfill rubbish, illegal trash disposal, fishing accessories, free-time activities on the coasts etc. all act together with the rivers as the deliverers of trash for carelessly disposed of land rubbish.

The accumulation of plastic trash in the oceans presents an acute danger for marine species It takes 450 years for plastic to finally rot. Every year this long living material is responsible for the death of thousands of marine organisms, through choking or entanglement.

In order to draw attention to this problem, the American environmental organization Ocean Conservancy organized the first international litter collection day as long as 27 years ago.

Since then, on the 3rd Saturday in September a coastal clean up day has taken place on the beaches and rivers of the world. Everyone who wants to, can take part.

In Hamburg, the Hamburger Marine Conservation organization DEEPWAVE is organizing for the 6th time this collection event. “Land based trash which has no business in our rivers and on our beaches, eg: cigarette butts, tampons, used fireworks, injection needles, and PET bottles find their way into the oceans “, explains the Marine biologist Dr. Onno Groß of DEEPWAVE on the typical contents of this floating plastic litter. Carelessness in disposal is mostly responsible – people just leave their trash lying around.

Things also don’t look to good along the Elbe beaches. Nearly 25% of Elbe sand consists today of minute plastic particles, which can, through the food chain, end up within the human metabolism.

A practical point towards a solution is seen by Dr.Groß, in an awareness programme, with a connected litter avoidance strategy, “if every beach visitor were to take their trash with them, this would contribute immensely in keeping the oceans and it’s inhabitants safe. A consequential division of house rubbish and the re-cycling of plastic waste is another point where all can contribute. Those who to wish to take part in our yearly clean-up action are also heartily welcome”.

In the long-term the only way to solve this problem is to achieve a reduction in the world-wide production of plastics. Onno Groß see’s within this context the positive influence of the consumer, and advises: “Check out your own shopping customs and behaviour, and in future disregard over packed plastic packaged foodstuffs.

Meeting point for the Elbe Litter Collection day is:
Hamburger Elbufer: on the 15th Septembert 2012, 3PM at the “Museumshafen Övelgönne” Hamburg West (Ferry from “Landungsbrücken”).

DEEPWAVE is dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems and the species they sustain, through the development of innovative technologies, and conservation action based on scientific developments.

Deepwave e.V. ist eine in Hamburg 2003 gegründete Meeresschutzorganisation. Unter dem Motto „MEER- Bewusstsein MEER -Verantwortung MEER- Durchsetzung“ verfolgt die Initiative das Ziel, zur Entwicklung und Förderung umweltverträglicher Strukturen für das Ökosystem der Hoch- und Tiefsee beizutragen. Dabei stehen insbesondere Maßnahmen zur Bewusstseinssensibilisierung gegenüber Umweltgefährdungen im Fokus.

Dr. Onno Groß, Meeresbiologe und
1. Vorsitzender des Vereins DEEPWAVE e.V.
E-Mail: presse@deepwave.org

• www.deepwave.org
• www.oceanconservancy.org/icc

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