Annual Chincoteague Beach Cleanup Slated for Sept. 16
According to refuge officials, marine debris is a growing problem that threatens the ocean’s well-being. Refuge managers said the beach cleanup is a positive way to show an appreciation for the oceans and waterways.
Litter and debris collected by volunteers will contribute to the health of the refuge, and participants will receive a free T-shirt along with an entrance fee waiver.
Registration to volunteer begins Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Parking lot.
Volunteers should bring water, sunscreen, and dress in comfortable footwear. Trash bags, gloves and data sheets will be provided to all participants.
The annual beach cleanup is sponsored by the following: Accomack County, Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Natural History Association, Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy, Virginia Clean Waterways and the Town of Chincoteague.