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The Impact of Plastic Pollution on The Ocean

Tionchar Truaillithe Plaisteacha ar an Aigéan

It is estimated that between 8 to 10 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Plastic pollution makes up 80% of debris on both the water surface and within deep sea sediment, where it poses a severe risk to the health and safety of both marine life who may get tangled with plastic debris or ingest it by accident and also humans. There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste estimated to be in the world’s Oceans. 269,000 tons float, 4 billion microfibers per km² dwell below the surface. 70% of our debris sinks into the ocean’s fragile ecosystem, 15% of this float, and another 15% wash up on our beaches.

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Beach Clean Ups

Glanadh Tránna

The staff here at the Achill Experience regularly participate in beach clean-ups of the local beaches around Achill. We are also dedicated to raising awareness of the impact plastic pollution has on the environment and wildlife through our guided aquarium tours. For more information on how you can make a difference, organise a beach clean up or just get involved follow the link below….

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How can I help?

Anyone, of all ages are welcome! From individuals, families, youth groups, student groups or local community groups, everyone is welcome to join us and make a difference to the local environment and also help protect vulnerable native wildlife.

Bring for Beach Clean-Up

What should I bring?

We recommend dress for the weather, and have a packed lunch. Also ensure you have protective gloves, a grabber if available and spare binbags.

Achieve From A Beach Clean-Up

What do I achieve from a beach clean-up?

By participating in a beach clean-up, you will have directly helped the native wildlife and made your local community a safer and cleaner place for everyone.