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SAS Anniversary Beach Clean Tour

'Motivocean' is SAS's most ambitious beach clean tour to date
'Motivocean' is SAS's most ambitious beach clean tour to date

This August, Surfers Against Sewage will be hitting the road with the biggest beach clean tour in its history.

According to the Marine Conservation Society Beach Watch, since 1994, the volume of marine litter on UK beaches has increased by 146% and SAS is helping combat this tide line of trash through its beach cleans and ongoing campaigns.

Marine Litter Facts
Almost 90% of floating marine litter is plastic
A plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to break down and they account for approximately 21% of all marine litter
Marine litter is responsible for the deaths, through entanglement and ingestion of over 1.1m marine mammals and seabirds each year
It is estimated that 5% of all post production plastic has entered the worlds oceans (this equates to roughly 100 million tonnes)
Ocean Micro-plastics now outweigh plankton in the world's oceans. They mix with plankton and have been shown to be ingested by plankton feeders

Everyone is welcome at the events and thanks to the support of the national youth volunteering charity v, SAS can also offer volunteers between 16 - 25 years old the opportunity to access and experience exciting sports, including surfing, by participating in these beach cleans.

The sea and coastal environment are a vital component of so many sporting activities from sailing to surfing, and SAS hopes to further build awareness about coastal conservation by linking beach sports to the protection of the environment.

Hugo Tagholm, Director of Surfers Against Sewage, commented, "We're delighted to be holding our 'Motivocean 20th Anniversary Beach Clean Tour' at so many locations across the South West where SAS is based.

"The tour will help us engage a record number of new environmental activists and volunteers to make a meaningful difference to the UK's precious beaches and the wider marine environment.

"We look forward to welcoming everyone to local events; our members, supporters, families and youth volunteers."

Where are the beach cleans taking place?

'Motivocean' will be calling in at over 20 major UK beaches and waterside locations across the nation, including 9 locations across Cornwall and the Devon:

Thursday, 19th August
Porthmeor, St Ives, in front of surf school, 1pm

Saturday, 21st August
Sennen, in front of beach restaurant, 1pm

Sunday 22nd August
Praa Sands, in front of Lifeguard Hut, 1pm

Sunday 22nd August
Croyde, North End of the Beach, 1pm

Monday 23rd August
Porthtowan, Blue Bar end of the beach, 1pm

Tuesday 24th August
South Fistral, near the lifeguard station, 1pm

Wednesday 25th August
Bude, Crooklets, 1pm

Wednesday 25th August
Gwithian, Godrivey End, Nr wooden bridge, Red River, 1pm

Thursday 26th August
Bigbury On Sea, nr Car Park, Venus Café, 1pm

How can I get involved?

To sign up please email Chris@sas.org.uk with the location you'd like to join SAS at, your name, age and contact details.

If you are between 16 - 25 years old, you can also sign up directly at www.vinspired.com .

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