PATA Sponsors Beach Cleanup This Saturday

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Guam – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter and the Micronesian Divers Association (MDA) will sponsor a beach clean-up at Merizo Pier in Guam on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the event will utilize surface and dive volunteers from across Guam to remove trash along the coast and beneath the surface.

“Data collected by NOAA shows this area is in dire need of our support,” said PATA Micronesia Chairman Grant Ismael. “We all know that our pristine ocean environment is a large contributor to the visitor industry in Micronesia, and it’s important for all of our islands to protect that asset.”

A clean-up crew from MDA, a valued PATA Micronesia Chapter member, recently revealed 1,436 pounds of litter in an area of Merizo about the size of an average carport. Twenty-three tires, assorted household goods; and 700 glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers that could have been recycled were thrown into the ocean.  

Divers will collect litter below the surface while non-diving volunteers will be picking up trash along the coastal area surrounding the pier.

To get involved, volunteers may RSVP on the MDA Facebook page or show up at the site at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Divers should bring dive gear and a tank. Gloves, and a line cutter or dive knife are also recommended. Non-diving volunteers need appropriate footwear, sunscreen and hat, and a reusable water bottle. Cleanup gloves will be provided.  

For more information, e-mail cleanupguam@gmail.com or call (671) 483-6325.