Marine Debris Cleanup on Cat Island

$196 of $600 goal

Raised by 7 people in 27 months
Third trip since this fundraiser was started will be March 28- April 6, 2018.
Some of the expenses this fundraiser helps with includes gas to the beaches (about $4/gallon), trash bags, and clippers.

This fundraiser was started to support cleanup and education efforts in December 2017 on Cat Island in the Bahamas. After visiting for the first time in April 2016 it became overwhelmingly apparent how dire the need is for not only cleanup but marine debris awareness in general. Yes, some of what is found either discarded or washed up is deliberate litter due to poor trash and recycling programs (they burn their trash on the island), but a lot also washes up from items lost or cut free from boats. This debris poses a huge hazard not only for marine wildlife, but our earth as a whole.

I visited again, solo, for 10 days in December 2016 and removed (6) 30 gallon bags of small debris, and over 200lbs of rope that will be upcycled into marine debris awareness items by myself and our friends Planet Love Life.

In April 2017 I did another trip and did a huge family cleanup. After the trip I sent more netting to Planet Love Life for Marine debris awareness bracelets, and float rope toys for WashAshore Store!

During my time on Cat Island I will be chronicling my cleanup efforts in hopes of generating more awareness and passion for cleaning up our oceans and beaches. See updates after the trip here, Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook and YouTube @WashAshoreStore
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The next Cat Island Clean Up trip is fast approaching! Chip in to help cover some of the expenses (primarily the gas for the trips to reach the “Oceanside” beaches).
Isolated section discovered April 2017
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Aiming to do the next Cat Island cleanup trip in early December!
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15 days until I start my 8 day beach cleanup trip on Cat Island. In December I did a 10 day cleanup trip solo and the photos below show the rope I removed each day; over 200 lbs of it flew back to the states with me for WashAshore Store leashes and Planet Love Life marine debris awareness bracelets. From now until I leave for my trip, a $50 contribution will earn you a WashAshore Store leash and a Planet Love Life bracelet as thanks.
Free US shipping only. If you are outside the US the offer still stands but we ask you pay shipping for your items. After contributing $50, if you wish to claim your leash and bracelet please email WashAshoreStore@gmail.com for details
Sorting the December 2016 rope & debris
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The next Cat Island trip is in April 2017. Please share our fundraiser and head over to our YouTube page to see some of the recently posted videos from the December 2016 cleanup trip.
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$196 of $600 goal

Raised by 7 people in 27 months
Created December 1, 2016
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Molly O’Brien
11 months ago (Offline Donation)

Brown Cat Island rope leash purchased February 24, 2018

20 months ago (Offline Donation)
Planet Love Life
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

Purchase of 9 Cat Island leashes

Caitlin Condon
23 months ago

Hope this helps! From Caitlin, Rex, Caesar and Saoirse

Courtney Tracy
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

Purchased 2 WashAshore Store Cat Island collection leashes February 20, 2017

Erika A
24 months ago (Offline Donation)

Purchase of a 3 foot WashAshore Store Cat Island Collection leash crafted from rope found washed ashore during my December 2016 cleanup trip

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