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Marine National Park Headquarters (MNPH) cooperated with Dongsha Command, Southern Coastal Patrol Office, Coast Guard Administration, Executive Yuan, and other departments in organizing "2015 ICC Dongsha Coastal Cleanup Operation" in response to the consensus of more than 160 countries on ICC (Internatinoal Coastal Cleanup).

ICC is established by Ocean Conservancy, (OC) in 1986 with the goal of encouraging the public to clean up the waste on the beaches and waterways all over the world. By tracing the source of the waste, the public canlearn more about ocean clean up and stop polluting behaviors.

The MNPH, Dongsha Command, Kaohsiung Wild Bird Society and Dongsha Atoll Research Station (National Sun Yat-sen University), etc., mobilized around 100 people to participate in the cleanup operation. In order for the participants to properly understand the meaning of ICC, the Headquarters organized a marine conservation conference on September 20th where Researcher Shu-Hui Wu and Tecnician Zheng-Liang Peng from Forestry Research Institute, Committee on Agriculture, Executive Yuan explained in detail the motive, operating methods, waste categorization and surveying methodology. The same day in the afternoon, the actual cleanup operation took place.

In the afternoon of September 20th, at the national monument, the participants were divided into groups for the cleanup operations. After the cleanup that lasted 3 hard hours, covering the 2300-meter coastline,915 kilograms of wastewas removed. The findings and statistics conducted on site will be provided to Ocean Conservancy, who will archive the data so that the scholars from all over the world can monitor and analyze the sources of the waste in the ocean and thus be able to prevent more marine waste.

According to the results of this cleanup operation and the long-term observation of the Dongsha Management Station, the waste on Donghs Beach is mainly from Mainland China and South-East Asian countries; waste from these countries accounts for more than 60% of the total amount of waste. Among thegarbage, plastic bottles, sponges, styrofoams and other petrochemical plastic products are the most common items. As proved by scientific researches, these non-biodegradable items are harmful to all living creatures because their particles can infiltrate the bodies of living creatures through the food chain. We hope that more peoploe in the future can participate voluntarily in cleanup projects, love and care about the ocean and also participate in other ocean-related campaigns.

 

Marineconservation conference Participantscleaned up the beach with hard effort
Marineconservation conference Participantscleaned up the beach with hard effort
Conductingsurveys of the removed waste. Thecleanup operation was successful and fruitful. Group picture of theparticipants.
Conductingsurveys of the removed waste. Thecleanup operation was successful and fruitful. Group picture of theparticipants.

 

 

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