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International Coastal Cleanup Day at Xanadu Beach, a resounding success
By Gail Woon, Earthcare
Sep 22, 2008 - 9:57:03 AM

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SLIDESHOW pictures: Gail Woon

Grand Bahama Island 0 Early on Saturday morning, September 20th, primary and secondary students from five different institutions on Grand Bahama Island gathered to assist the Zone Captain, Gail Woon with the Xanadu Beach International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) 2008.

 

Hugh Campbell Primary School, St. Vincent de Paul Primary School, Jack Hayward High School Governor General Youth Award students, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School Brownies and Guides and Bishop Michael Eldon Primary School participated in the Xanadu Beach ICC Day.   

 

A grand total of 750 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for collection by Sanitation Services for the Xanadu Beach zone.   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 and shoes.

 

Debris from Dumping activities included building materials, car parts, refrigerators, batteries and tires.   Personal Hygiene/Medical Marine Debris included condoms, diapers, toothpaste, syringes, and tampons/ tampon applicators.  

 

Debris from recreational/commercial fishing and boat/vessel operations included bleach/cleaner bottles, buoys/floats, 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.

 

Students noted that debris items of local concern included wine bottles, cans, medicine bottles, rugs, CDs and boxes.  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.

 

Gail Woon, Zone Captain for Xanadu Beach was ecstatic over the turnout, “I am so gratified to see all of the students out here this morning.   I must thank also the teachers, parents and chaperones who without their help the students would not have been able to attend today.   We are building a new generation of environmentally aware people.   I have to commend Cestina Nixon and her wonderful team who put together a very successful International Coastal Cleanup Day this year.   Without their care and coordination this would not be possible.”

 

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SLIDESHOW pictures: Gail Woon

Students participating from Hugh Campbell Primary included:   Baron Curtis, Devonte Gibbs, Aaron Storr, Natayo Forbes, AA’kil Lightbourne, Ryan Godet, Ashlee Dickerson, De’Ajah Ferguson, Chartiy Monestine, Thazunique Chartlon, Alexis Forbes, Daniell Wallace, Kiera Bramwell, Tiara Brown, Eltonique Hepburn, Monet Saundrs, Christa Adderley.   The teachers from Hugh Campbell were Mrs. F. Brennen, Ms. S. Thompson, Mrs. C. Munnings and Mrs. D. Adderley.   The Hugh Campbell parent was Walde Lightbourne.

 

Students participating from St. Vincent de Paul Primary School included:   Ambrose Richardson, Devonte Dean, Malique Stuart, Witlin Civilien, Tanae Pinder, Mia Bowe, Jayda Russell, Jasper Farrington, Daaavia Nesbitt, Aaryanna Stuart, Tashira from Catholic High and Andrea and Zoe from Lewis Yard Primary.   St. Vincent de Paul teachers were Natalie Marrett, Evelyn Nesbitt, Cecille Salonga, Barbara Dix, and Joan Rolle.   The St. Vincent parent was Barbara Outten.

 

Students participating from Governor General Youth Award, Jack Hayward High School were Nydia Dames, Cleophanique Bevans, Javanna Clarke, Genee’ Bethel, Charles Cox, Jaquan Williams, Dennis Bain, Patrick Astwood, Courtdera Green, Dwayne Cooper, Donishca Bodie, Katrina Bennett, Derekia Hepburn, Krishawn Lubin, Alonzo Russell, Ivanette Charlton, Brittany Bain, Tee-Tee Bowe, Anton Loon and Preston Knowles.   Jack Hayward teachers were Jenny Whylly and Marla Turnquest.

 

Students participating from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School Brownies and Guides included:   Leanne Gibbs, Christian Hepburn, Cyrah Newton, Sarah Gibbs, Lanae Desir, Nandia Strachne, Briann Neely, Blair Russell, Ashley Rolle and Sophia Clarke.   The Brownie Leader was Mrs. S. Sawyer.   The Guide Leader was Mrs. N. Anderson.   Joseph McFall, a Mary Star grade 6 student, also participated.

 

Students from Bishop Michael Eldon Primary School included Gabrielle Hall, Nacato Duglas, Jenmiah Harrett, Brianna Donaldson, DeAsia Pelecanos, Candice Woon, Khori Cumberbatch, Matthew Farqhuarson and Shannon Albury.   BMES teachers were Mrs. Mauricia White and Mr. Eisenhower Williams.  


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