Lifeguards and recruits attached to the National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) Lifeguard Service, will spearhead a reef cleanup at Brandon’s Beach, St. Michael, tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
This forms part of the lifeguards’ contribution to the World Oceans Day celebrations which is being held under the global theme: Together We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean.
Special Projects Officer at the NCC, Ricardo Marshall, said the activity is aimed at demonstrating that lifeguards are indeed trustees of the environment in which they work and operate.
Marine debris is a worldwide problem, with an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash dumped in the ocean yearly and its impacts on the quality of marine life and health.?? It can also impact negatively on tourism, recreation and fisheries and present a hazard to coral reefs and wildlife.