On Saturday 14th October, twenty people took part in a litter collection day inside Shoreham Port’s basin. The volunteers included members of three local angling clubs, local dog walkers and other members of the Southwick community.
The group were very successful, managing to collect in the region of 32 black rubble sacks as well as collecting two mounds of lost commercial rope and netting in just one and a half hours of work.
The volunteers were enthusiastic about the cause and wanted to highlight the importance of picking up litter in the local area as well as bringing attention to the Angling Trust’s national campaign to encourage anglers to take five minutes at the end of fishing to pick up litter and dispose of it in the correct way.
The Angling Trust’s campaign has been running for nine years and is currently being relaunched in the hope that anglers will further support the need to keep the environment free from litter.
Julian Seaman, Harbour Master/Director of Marine Operations at Shoreham Port commented “It is great to see the community get together to support the Port in its efforts for a cleaner, litter free environment. A big thank you to all that took part and well done for all of your hard work!”
Reg Phillips, a local angler who attended the day commented “It was a great day. We were so pleased that the weather was on our side so that we were able to go ahead with the event. I think the turn out and the amount collected really shows how much the community respects and cares for its marine environment.”