The National Trust Conservation Ranger team from the North Coast joined local marine businesses and volunteers to remove rubbish and a one tonne fishing net from our shores on the North Coast.
This is the second time Causeway Coasteering and Aquaholics joined forces with Causeway Lass from Ballintoy Harbour tackling the waves on a mission to collect marine litter. Last May for the first time staff and volunteers worked in pairs swimming into inaccessible bays collecting waste from the shores of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This litter pick operation had the help of jet-ski pilots Gary McCall and Nicholas Todd to access the bays quicker. As a result 45 bags of rubbish, seven tyres, one entire trawler net and too many plastic bottles to count were collected from our coastline.
Dr Cliff Henry, National Trust Area Ranger said; “Our work is about preserving special places for everyone, forever which inspired the litter pick operation, now visitors can enjoy the beautiful views on our cliff walks without this washed up rubbish and natural habitats for our wildlife is protected.
Removing the trawler net from shore was a great challenge, but a brilliant bonus. For years I have been irritated by the sight of this large net trapped in Port na Tober and wondered how we could remove it from such a remote spot.
Litter is continuously causing many problems for our marine environment, these items collected are not biodegradable and can stay in the environment for decades. Every year around 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced and around 40% of that is single use plastic only used for a few minutes then thrown away.”