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Beach Cleanup for World Oceans Day on Monday

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 15:16
The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society will take part in World Oceans Day beach cleanups.
A.M.C.S.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, which is based on the East End, is hoping families and community members will join in a socially distanced beach cleanup on Monday in honor of World Oceans Day.

Kristen Conklin, a certified educator with the National Geographic Society, will join Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., the founder and chief scientist of the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, on a Zoom call at 10 a.m. to introduce the initiative.

Then, the organization says, "the public is encouraged to participate on their own all across Long Island."

"In these increasingly difficult times, we want people to know that there are still ways they can make positive impacts, and our environment needs their help more than ever," Mr. DiGiovanni said in a statement. 

The Zoom introduction will address safety and the encouraged use of the Marine Debris Tracker App, which will "provide real-time data on the challenges facing our marine life," the organization said.

Group beach cleanup events have been canceled during the last couple of months as efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus were ongoing across the world. The society is encouraging people to go out in "small family units, respect all social distancing and Covid-19 pandemic safety recommendations, and remove harmful marine debris."

Those who take part are encouraged to tag @amseasorg on social media and to share their findings using hashtags such as #AMSEASTrashBusters, #WorldOceansDay, #ProtectOurHome, #DebrisTrackerChallenge, and #CitizenScientist.

A Facebook event with Zoom registration information is at facebook.com/events/259961172039986. Additional resources and information about the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society are online at amseas.org.


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