Each year on this special event day, the Watamu community goes into action and heads for the beaches. Hotels, community and conservation groups and the Kenya Wildlife Service join together to clean marine waste from our 10km of beaches.
Most of the waste is plastic, which is now a serious threat to our global oceans and marine life. Plastic remains in the environment for tens to hundreds of years and in our oceans marine life such as sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish and sea birds mistake plastic for food and eat it, which results in ill health and death.
Our Marine Park beach has been voted among the top 10 in the world and the best in Africa so we all need to join together to keep our beach clean and free of plastic and other trash.
Beach cleanups are a local solution to a global problem and on 6 June we collected an amazing 2,073kg (more than 2 tonnes) of waste in just 2 hours. All of the plastic and glass waste goes to EcoWorld Watamu for recycling which provides employment and income for our local community members.
You too can get involved and make a difference when you are on holiday by joining the weekly Turtle Bay Beach Club cleanup. And wherever you are in the world, if you are near to the coast, join the International Coastal Cleanup on 16 September 2017 when more than 100 countries and 1 million people take part in this great global event. Watamu Marine Association organises the Kenya event and last year we collected 18,000kg from 16 beaches!