Letter: Great British beach clean

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is seeking volunteers to clean up Scotland’s beaches in the 25th anniversary Great British Beach Clean from September 14 – 17.

Volunteers also record the litter they find, and this has really helped change policy and behaviours.

Last year, 1588 volunteers in Scotland took part, cleaning 111 beaches in four days. A staggering 491.4 pieces of litter were found for every 100 metres cleaned, a seven per cent rise on the amount recorded during 2016’s event.

The fight to stop the plastic tide has only just started and we need everyone to take part now more than ever. We need the evidence from these surveys to highlight the action we all need to take for the sake of Scotland’s seas.

To volunteer visit www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean or call 01989 566017.

Catherine Gemmell,

MCS Scotland Conservation Officer.

For more on the problems of seashore plastics see pages 18 and 19.