The Issue: Marine Life Entanglement Due to Trash
At least 267 species, including sea turtles, whales, sea birds, and seals, have ingested or become entangled in marine debris worldwide, according to a report from Greenpeace. Since humpback and blue whales have begun visiting Monterey Bay, many have suffered entanglement in ghost nets and crab pots. When such marine mammals become entangled, they may find it difficult to breathe, eat, or swim, which often leads to fatal results.
The Campaign: Renting Scuba Equipment to Clean the Water
If this Grassroots campaign raises $480, then Save Our Shores can rent full scuba outfits for five divers to clean up the waters around Monterey Bay in preparation for passing whale pods. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding trash haul and removal, along with pollution-prevention signage for the Santa Cruz and Capitola Wharfs.
With a rental tank and air, wetsuit, compensator, and computer, as well as cleanup supplies such as netted bags and knives or scissors, divers will help clear up pollution to protect passing pods of humpback and blue whales, both of which are endangered species. Since 2007, Save Our Shores has removed more than 5,500 plastic fishing lines and nets, metal fishing hooks and lures, and crab pots during beach and river cleanups.
Save Our Shores
The Santa Cruz community fought to relocate the offshore oil rigs that were being placed along the central coast in the late 1970s. After winning their initial battle, they founded Save Our Shores to act on behalf of Monterey Bay citizens in the event of future threats to the coastline. Today, Save Our Shores continues this work through three primary initiatives. The plastic-pollution, clean-boating, and ocean-awareness programs all contribute to the health and cleanliness of the marine ecosystem. Save Our Shores also advocates for local bans on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, and hosts more than 200 beach cleanups per year with teams of volunteer sanctuary stewards to remove litter that may harm the environment.
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