Our First Kayak Cleanup!

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Coastal Angels went to the Newport Aquatic Center and launched our first kayak cleanup. In partnership with the Newport Conservancy and Newport Rotary, we kayaked the Upper Newport Back Bay. This was a limited space event due to a small amount of kayaks.

What was it like?

It was extremely arduous, muddy, and wildly educational. We experienced the rise and lowering of the tide and how that affects land patches in the estuary. Sometimes it was very smelly, due to the death of a fish and bird. Crabs were in abundance and fish kept jumping out of the water. There was something serene following us while we were working to lighten the impact pollution has in the area. You couldn’t help but be proud to be out there truly making a difference that day.

Since it was our first time, we went to learn as much as possible and kept open minds. Some of the craziest finds were a bicycle wheel, tons of balls, and too many straws. Riding the kayaks was a bit of a challenge at times because a lot of energy was required to paddle and pick up trash. We exerted a lot of energy but we will come more prepared next time.

We hope that we will get approved to come out and volunteer again. It was enlightening but we are very motivated to do it again.

Weekend of June 2 & 3, 2018

What an incredible weekend for Coastal Angels! On June 2nd, we attended the Newport Underwater Cleanup and n June 3rd we hosted a beach cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach with some special visitors from South Korea. 

On Saturday, we attended the 2nd Annual Newport Underwater cleanup and supported divers excavating trashy treasures under the water. Some of the strangest items were a plastic Christmas tree, with lights still attached, and shopping carts. We also participated in a round table discussion with other local groups and discussed different ways to collaborate and communicate. It was a rewarding discussion that led to us securing a donation from Boxed Water, an alternative to plastic bottled water. We were grateful to attend and are proud of all the volunteers and activists that showed up to make a difference in Orange County, CA. 

On Sunday, we hosted a beach cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Tower 27 and had an energized group of community members as well as a film crew from South Korea! The strangest things we found at the cleanup yesterday were a syringe, three rubber bouncing balls, band-aids, and ketchup packets. Our volunteers noticed that there was a reduction in the amount of straws that we normally find. That was a cool note to make because clearly something is happening in the community to see a reduction. 

A film crew from South Korea came to document and interview us and they were were absolutely amazing. We can't thank them enough for spotlighting our hard work and adding us in their documentary. We thank them for their support and choosing us. They took time to understand the nature of the cause and ask many questions about plastic pollution and what we do to combat it. It was a very long and strenuous day but one that was so worth it in the ends. We will update everyone as soon as we have more information about the documentary. 

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