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Volunteers remove 1,000 kg of marine trash

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, SEPT. 19. Hundreds of volunteers cleaned the Fort Kochi and Cherai beaches, Marine Drive and Wellington Island on September 18, International Coastal Clean-Up Day. Over 1,000 kg of marine trash and debris were removed. Six truckloads of garbage were removed from these places, with the help of the Corporation of Cochin.

Rear Admiral R.F. Contractor, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, visited the Fort Kochi beach and led the community-cleaning programme. The volunteers comprised personnel of the Navy and Coast Guard, school students, NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, and members of the Navy Wives' Welfare Association, senior citizens' associations and tourist/environmental clubs.

Awareness programme

In a press release issued here, the Coast Guard said that apart from cleaning up different areas, the aim was to spread awareness about the effects of marine pollution on human life. The Commander, Coast Guard, M.S. Dangi, coordinated the clean-up drive. The sponsors included hotels and hospitals. They had contributed trash bags, gloves, caps and refreshments to the volunteers. The volunteers were trained in identifying different types of debris that are found on beaches. The environmentally-dangerous kinds of garbage were documented on data cards supplied by Ocean Conservancy, an international organisation. The aim is to make a world-wide survey of debris and trash so that legislations could be brought in to check pollution.

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