By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize Audubon Society cleanup crew collected 12 bags worth of garbage at Half Moon Caye on the occasion of World Cleanup Day last week. It’s no consolation though that cleanup teams around the world reported similar campaigns and results.
The BAS said its beach cleanup at Half Moon Caye, conducted by the BAS crew comprised of Carlos, Mordi, Marcello, and Ramon, along with Belize Coast Guard personnel Seaman Solis, island resulted in the “12 bags worth of garbage were collected, weighing 174lbs, with plastic bottles accounting for the majority of the garbage collected.”
“It is very saddening for us to see this level of plastic pollution washing up from the sea in one of Belize’s most important marine protected areas,” said the BAS.
“Not only are plastic items potentially harmful to marine life, including the turtles and red-footed booby birds that both nest at Half Moon Caye, but they will also eventually break down into microplastics which end up moving all the way through the food chain into human consumption.”
“We urge all Belizeans and visitors to our country to please avoid single-use plastics when possible, and properly dispose of all non-reusable trash, so it doesn’t end up in our seas. Together we can work towards a Plastic Free Belize,” closed the statement.