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25th Anniversary of International Coastal Cleanup Day at Xanadu Beach draws many enthusiastic students
By Gail Woon, EARTHCARE
Sep 28, 2010 - 10:17:41 PM
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Freeport, Bahamas -
Early on Saturday
morning, September 25th, primary and secondary students from
five different institutions on Grand Bahama Island gathered to assist
the Zone Captains, Gail Woon and Cecilia Bodie with the Xanadu Beach
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day (ICC) 2010.
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Hugh W. Campbell
Primary School, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, Sunland Baptist
Academy, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama Catholic High School,
EARTHCARE and the Bahamas National Trust participated in the Xanadu
Beach ICC Day.
A grand total
of 300 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for
collection by Sanitation Services for the Xanadu Beach zone. Past participants
noted that the beach was cleaner this year than in prior years.
Most of the marine debris found was debris from fast food, beach-goers,
sports/games, celebrations and litter from streets. These items
included paper and plastic bags; beverage bottles, cans, caps and lids;
cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons, food wrappers/containers, straws,
stirrers. Students also found clothing.
Dumping activities included building materials, car parts, batteries
and tires. Personal Hygiene/Medical Marine Debris included condoms,
diapers, and tampons/ tampon applicators.
recreational/commercial fishing and boat/vessel operations included
bleach/cleaner bottles, fishing line, plastic sheeting/tarps, rope,
crates, light sticks, fishing nets, light bulbs, oil lube bottles and
strapping bands. Smoking related Marine Debris consisted mainly
of cigarettes, cigarette filters, cigarette lighters, cigar tips and
tobacco packaging wrappers.
Mary Star of the Sea School ICC team
that debris items of local concern included a car bumper, clothing,
aluminum, wires, various forms of plastic and cardboard. The students
filled out the data cards which will be returned to The Ocean Conservancy
in Washington, D.C. where the information will be compiled into a report
of the state of marine debris throughout the entire globe. Grand
Bahama Island has been participating with The Ocean Conservancy through
the Ministry of Tourism for many years and thanks to this year’s many
corporate sponsors students received T shirts and refreshments for their
hard work. Cestina Nixon and her team from the Ministry of Tourism
are to be commended for their excellent coordination of this year’s
International Coastal Cleanup Day. The hours of planning ahead
all came together for a very successful day.
one of the Zone Captains for Xanadu Beach was happy to have enthusiastic
students, “I am so grateful to see the many students out here this
morning. This would not be possible without the support from the
teachers, parents and chaperones who without their help the students
would not have been able to attend today. Some students had participated
before but the majority of them were new to the International Coastal
Cleanup and this is a good thing. I have to commend Cestina Nixon
at the Ministry of Tourism and her wonderful team, Elaine Smith, Erika
Laing and Renamae Symonette and others who put together a very successful
International Coastal Cleanup Day this year. Without their coordination
and hard work this effort would not be possible. I want to give
many thanks to Cecilia Bodie of the Bahamas National Trust, Zone Captain
for her valuable assistance today.”
2010 Xanadu beach cleaners from Mary Star, Hugh W. Campbell, Bishop Michael Eldon, GB Catholic High and Sunland Baptist
from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School included: Nathan Hield,
Nekito Curry, Ambernique Munroe, Gabrielle Edwards, Arianna Kelly, Cyrah
Newton, Christian Hepburn, Tavashanique Nottage, Tawonyah Brown, Gabrielle
Joseph, Dante Robinson, Javel Malcolm, Kiara Williams, Stephanique Munroe,
Allan Anthony, Shevano Munroe, Judea Williams, Jamir Pinder, Travonia
Blatch, Asha Williams, Avery Sargent, Kimara Seymour and Kimisha Seymour.
Staff included: Shimoon Cambridge, Patrick Laing, Noella Anderson,
Cecile Salonga and Wannea Roxbury.
Hugh W. Campbell Primary ICC 2010 team
from Hugh W. Campbell Primary included: Franz Muller, Jamie Lightbourn,
Kent-sha Parker, Cody Rolle, Bryann Finley, Walson Velmy, Elysha Darville,
Shira Jones, Skye Beer and Christa Adderley. The representatives
from Hugh W. Campbell were Mrs. Victoria Wright, Principal, teachers:
Mrs. F. Brennen, Ms. S. Thompson, Mrs. D. Adderley, Mrs. A. Moss and
Mrs. M. Dareus.
Bishop Michael Eldon School included Sarah Gibbs and Candice Woon.
Brandi Maynard represented Sunland Baptist Academy. Meghan Dareus
hailed from Grand Bahama Catholic High School. EARTHCARE Vice
President, Yasmin Popescu and her husband, Christian also participated.
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