No matter where we live, the ocean is our life support system, providing much of the food, water and oxygen we need to survive. When we compromise the ocean's health, we compromise our own.
On World Oceans Day, Tuesday, June 8, you are invited to join SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and The Ocean Conservancy to help preserve this vital natural resource during a coastal cleanup event at the Tierra Verde drawbridge located along the Pinellas Bayway Causeway near St. Petersburg, Fla. from 9 a.m. - noon. The cleanup will help restore the beaches and mangrove hammocks surrounding the bridge where ocean currents continuously bring trash and marine debris onto shore.
Trash in our oceans is a pervasive pollution problem that affects marine wildlife and humans. SeaWorld routinely rescues endangered manatees and sea turtles that have become either become entangled in discarded fishing line -- often resulting in the amputation of a flipper -- or have become sick from ingesting human-made objects.
For beachgoers, sharp items like broken glass or metal cans can cause injuries while disposable diapers, cigarette butts and old chemical drums introduce bacteria, toxic compounds and other contaminants into the water.
World Oceans Day was established by The United Nations in 1992 to raise awareness of the important connection between people and the ocean. For more information on World Oceans Day and how you can get involved in your community visit www.theoceanproject.org/wod/.
Pinellas Bay Bridge Cleanup
Where: Tierra Verde drawbridge
When: 9 a.m. - noon
What should I wear?
Wear appropriate and comfortable clothes and shoes that you will be cool in and that you don't mind getting wet, sandy or dirty.
What should I bring?
We recommend you bring snacks, sunglasses, reusable water bottles, hats, bug spray and sunscreen. You will be provided with garbage bags, gloves and garbage grabbers.
How do I get there?
Take I-275 to exit 17 (toll road Pinellas Bay Way) and head west. Take a left on Pinellas Bay Way south towards Fort DeSoto. Please park on the northeast side of the Tierra Verde drawbridge.