If you're an active visitor who cares about the places you play, connect with, and appreciate, you may want to take advantage of the new Stewardship Cleanup Kit opportunity, offered by the Cambria Tourism Board. Cleanup kits are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and most lodging properties.
Did you know that marine debris harms wildlife through both enlargement and ingestion? California Coastal Commission reports: "Birds, fish and mammals often mistake plastic for food. Some birds even feed it to their young. With plastic filling their stomachs, animals have a false feeling of being full, and may die of starvation. Common items like fishing line, strapping bands, plastic bags, and six-pack rings can hamper the mobility of marine mammals. Once entangled, animals have trouble eating, breathing or swimming, all of which can have fatal results. Plastics take hundreds of year to breakdown and may continue to trap and kill animals year after year unless it is picked up and disposed of."
When you spend a valuable hour or two collecting marine debris and litter with friends, family, or on your own, you help protect wildlife and make a difference with your visit. High school aged family members may receive volunteer credit while on vacation; check with individual schools for eligibility.
Your Cleanup Kit contains a collection bag, gloves, and a Marine Debris checklist. After your stewardship outing, return your checklist to the outlet where you received your kit. The checklist information may be used to help determine trends and sources of specific debris for future marine protection.