Teen Ocean Stewards organizing beach cleanup effort

Teen Ocean Stewards organizing beach cleanup effort
Teen Ocean Stewards from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Source: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Some teenagers in our area are taking the lead in an ocean clean-up project that is part of a larger international effort.

The Teen Ocean Stewards at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher are organizing Turn the Tide Fest on Sept. 15 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo.

Beach cleanup will take place from 8-9 a.m. and volunteers are needed. Reusable gloves and bags will be provided but participants should bring their own water and sunscreen.

Live music, educational activities and a local vendor market will follow the cleanup. The event is free.

The beach sweep is an official Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup site, part of an annual international effort to clean and protect oceans and beaches in more than 100 countries.

Teen Ocean Stewards was a yearlong program focused on environmental conservation and stewardship. Participants met throughout the school year to explore the outdoors and work on coastal conservation projects.

Last year, a dozen students planted 1,500 grass plugs to help restore a local salt marsh at Carolina Beach.

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