Beach Cleanup Past Events

Second Annual PIMCO Cleanup, July 20, 2011

Coastkeeper sends a big “THANK YOU” to PIMCO employees and their families for helping clean Huntington State Beach at the Santa Ana River Mouth. The cleanup team collected over 1600 pieces of styrofoam and almost 500 plastic pieces, 200 food wrappers and over 100 plastic bottle caps, and of course the random Hot Wheels, chopsticks, tennis balls, Legos, light bulbs and flip flops. Wow! Almost all of the trash was land-based. The message? We should clean up our own cities and streets to keep our ocean clean!

Japan Tsunami Debris Monitoring

The California Coastal Commission requested our help to be on the lookout for tsunami debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake that might land on Orange County’s beaches. Tsunami debris has been hitting the shores of Oregon up to Alaska, and not much is projected to hit Southern California. For the purposes of this survey, the Coastal Commission needed to survey every coastal county in our state.

We performed our surveys on Feb. 9, Jun. 8, Aug. 10 and Sept. 21. We did not find many items that could potentially be tsunami debris, but our volunteers did collect a few bottles and toys with Japanese text on them. We did not experience any debris such as fishing vessels, docks or motorcycles washing ashore as they have been in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about tsunami debris here.

August 6, 2011: Coastal Playground Cleanup

Thanks to the awesome company Coastal Playground, the OCC Circle K Club and Coastkeeper volunteers for spending a Saturday cleaning Bolsa Chica State Beach! The team of 25 picked up over 1,800 pieces of debris, including high numbers of small plastic pieces, and unusual items such as glow sticks, cement and an aerosol spray can. You can support Coastkeeper in style by purchasing a Coastal Playground t-shirt!
What did we pick up? Coastal Playground Cleanup Summary (pdf)

July 30, 2011: 2nd Annual PIMCO Beach Cleanup

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Coastkeeper sends a big “THANK YOU” to PIMCO employees and their families for helping clean Huntington State Beach at the Santa Ana River Mouth. The cleanup team collected over 1600 pieces of styrofoam and almost 500 plastic pieces, 200 food wrappers and over 100 plastic bottle caps, and of course the random Hot Wheels, chopsticks, tennis balls, Legos, light bulbs and flip flops. Wow! Almost all of the trash was land-based. The message? Clean up our own cities and streets to keep our ocean clean! Stay tuned for more photos.

- What did we pick up? PIMCO 2011 Cleanup (pdf)

July 25, 2010: Coastkeeper partnered with PIMCO for an employee beach cleanup at Huntington State Beach. Thanks to PIMCO staff and their families for helping us leave the beach a lot cleaner than we found it. 

August 15, 2010: Over the over 20 families joined Coastkeeper to cleanup Bolsa Chica State Beach and restore habitat at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Thanks to the Family Service Teams of the Volunteer Center of Orange County for partnering with us on this event!

2003 – 2010 Coastkeeper Marine Debris Study

As a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s National Marine Debris Monitoring Program, Coastkeeper volunteers from VQ Orthocare have monitored a 200-meter stretch of beach near Pelican Point in Crystal Cove State Park for the last seven years. Although the national study ended in 2006, VQ Orthocare has committed to continuing their work at Crystal Cove. Some key findings of the study:

  • Over 5,500 pieces of marine discovered between January 2003 and April 2010
    • 75.5% land-based debris: 2400+ straws, 1300+ balloons
    • 17.9% general-source debris: 850+ plastic bottles, 130+ plastic bags
    • 6.6% ocean-based debris: 85 plastic sheets, 73 light sticks, 74 pieces of rope
  • The overall trend displays significant increases in observed debris during the first half of each year, peaking during the months of spring, which coincides with the rainy season.

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