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COA Removes 94,487 Pounds of Debris Over Ten Year Period
Whether it is a desire for a clean beach, an attractive coastline, or a genuine interest in acting locally to protect our environment, Clean Ocean Access was established in 2006 to address the problem of marine debris. Clean Ocean Access is an environmental non-profit with an exclusive focus on Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. The company began by hosting small clean-ups with friends and family around the island, which later transformed into monthly community gatherings removing a wide variety of debris from the coastline. Fast-forward to 2017… with participation of over 7,600 volunteers, COA has hosted a total of 457 cleanup events and has removed an astounding 94,487 pounds of debris from the beautiful shorelines of Aquidneck Island!
These accomplishments have made a positive impact on Rhode Island in numerous ways. In addition to beautifying the coastline and improving local habitat, the biggest accomplishment is the abundance of friendships, positive energy within the entire community, and the fostering of environmentally responsible behaviors.
Clean Ocean Access Goals:
CLEAN: Eliminating marine debris from the shoreline and changing human behavior to improve ocean health
OCEAN: Improving water quality for permanent year-round clean water from healthy watersheds to marine ecosystems
ACCESS: Working to protect, preserve and maintain shoreline access for residents and visitors.
In honor of Earth Month, Clean Ocean Access and Fort Adams Trust will hold a series of community coastline cleanups during the month of April. The first cleanup will be held this Saturday, April 1st, from 12pm-2pm at Bailey Brook in Middletown, near O’Neil Boulevard.
Nicholson Yachts continues to maintain their position as a leader in the charter yacht industry by encouraging yachts to adhere to specific recycling, packaging, and electricity and fuel consumption regulations. We have made it our personal goal to educate the owners, crews, and charter clients how they can participate in environmentally friendly practices in order to reduce the amount of marine debris that end up in our ocean.