Monday 27th August

Beach: Whale bay, Raglan

Tide: Mid – high (rising)

Weather: Sunny with showers and pretty windy.

Today’s Catch:

  • 1 piece of ‘Duplo’
  • Casing from a ‘Ambi Pure’ air freshener
  • Tick from a ‘Nike’ product
  • ‘Tallys’ wild berry ice cream lid
  • Piece of a fishing reel
  • Float from a fishing net
  • 2 clothes pegs
  • Plastic fork
  • Head from a spray bottle
  • 3 lolly pop sticks
  • 2 ear plugs (used by surfers)
  • 1 hair tie
  • Plastic attachment for a helium balloon
  • Part of a shot-gun shell
  • Handle part of a reel (probably from a boat)
  • 2 clothes pegs
  • 5 pieces of pallet ties
  • Piece of fishing lure
  • Peak part of a cap
  • 3 pieces of fibreglass
  • 2 pieces of boat insulation foam
  • 4 pieces of surfboard deck grip (one with ‘Gorilla’ logo)
  • 1 flip-flop
  • 1 sole of a shoe
  • Piece of chewed chewing gum (gross!)
  • 7 pieces of man-made material
  • 5 pen lids
  • 39 bottle lids (2 from ‘Anchor’ milk, 2 from ‘coca-cola’ company products)
  • 6 pieces of clear plastic wrapper
  • I piece of rubber
  • 11 pieces of polystyrene / foam
  • 28 small pieces of fishing rope / wire.
  • 103 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 8 large pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • Glass bottle neck
  • 2 pieces of aluminium
  • 1 beer bottle lid

Beach status now: It was near high tide so there was less area to clean, but when I left I felt satisfied that I had cleared most of the rubbish.

Amount recycled: 60% – all pieces of plastic, bottle lids and clear wrappers

Amount re-used: 10% – Surfboard deck grip and clothes pegs

Amount in landfill: 30% – polystyrene, pieces of shoes and fishing rope & wire


Tuesday 14th August 2012

Where: Rocks surrounding Whale bay

Tide: Low but rising

Weather: Sunny and warm for a winters day


Today’s Catch:

  • 5 plastic bottles (2 with lids on)
  • 1 kids sandle
  • 1 sole of a shoe
  • The peak part of a cap
  • 4 Large pieces of surfboard foam
  • 1 piece of surfboard fibreglass
  • 3 pieces of surfboard deck grip
  • I diving fin
  • 1 Large, long piece of rubber
  • I large piece of carpet
  • 13 large pieces of Polystyrene
  • 4 pieces of foam
  • 7 miscellaneous pieces of plastic
  • 3 pieces of pallet ties
  • I large bundle of black plastic bags
  • 1 Carrier bag
  • Remaining scraps of a plastic sack
  • 2 pieces of miscellaneous fabric
  • 3 pieces of fishing rope & wire
  • 1 fishing net float
  • Very large piece of plastic hose pipe (about 10m long)
  • Metal BBQ grid

Beach status now: Rocks were clean, apart from a few pieces of rope stuck under very large rocks that I couldn’t lift. Didn’t go onto beach but I assume it will be filthy as usual!

Amount recycled: 60% – all plastic bottles, pieces of plastic and metal grid.

Amount re-used: 30% – hose pipe – will be useful for cleaning wetsuits, Surfboard deck grip & foam might come in useful one day, piece of rubber went into tool kit – I am sure will come in handy when something needs fixing!

Amount in landfill: 10% – polystyrene and pieces of shoes

Plastic Sharks and Seals in the UK

Shark with plastic around nose prompts litter warning

Recent footage taken by a kayaker off the coast of Niarbyl, Isle of Man shows a basking shark with plastic around its nose. Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world; it is crazy that even these ocean giants can be hugely affected by our littering.

This is the second case of marine mammals being caught in plastic in Manx waters recently; a female grey seal was spotted in July with plastic netting wrapped tightly around her neck. Unfortunately because seals are aggressive and fast it was not possible to cut the plastic.

Well I am off to collect some plastic & rope from Whale Bay, hopefully it will stop some of the marine mammals that inhabit the waters of Raglan getting caught up!



” SHARKASTICS ” are what I’ve termed plastics that have obvious bite marks (jagged serrations and/or punctures).

Whilst cleaning the beaches of Hawaii it has been noticed that a lot of the plastic has obvious bite marks, in a recent clean-up operation 6000 pieces of sharkastics were found. It is concerning because it highlights just how much these plastics are affecting marine organisms, and shows how much must be ingested! Examples of Sharkastics have been found in Brazil, Fiji, the USA and many other places; it is definitely something to look out for when collecting today’s Catch. Sharkastics are not just bitten by sharks, they can include marine mammals, turtles, fish and sea birds.

Saturday 4th August

Beach: The rocks by indicators point, near Whale bay

Tide: Spring low

Weather: Drizzling. It was also 5pm and getting dark, so it was just a short catch!

Today’s Catch:

  • 4 plastic carrier bags
  • 1 Sandal
  • 1 part of shoe sole
  • 1 ‘Castrol Grease LMX’ Tube
  • Part of plastic bottle
  • 2 pieces of pallet ties
  • 1 drinks straw
  • 1 Large piece of surfboard deck grip
  • The peak part of a cap
  • 1 large piece of polystyrene
  • 3 large pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • Long piece of rubber (about  1 ft long)
  • About 5kg worth of rope, including one very large bundle

It is interesting how different the catch is when looking on the rocks, rather than in the bay, there seems to be a lot more fishing rope & large pieces of litter. Rope and large pieces of plastic can be very dangerous to marine life, especially marine mammals, which is quite relavent at the moment as there was a large pod of Orca in Raglan harbour yesterday and we don’t want any entanglements!

Beach status: Not very clean, only had about 30mins to pick up what I could before it was dark, so unfortunately there was probably quite a lot left!

Amount recycled: 30% – all PET (1), PE-HD (2) and PP (5)

Amount re-used: The bit of surfboard deck grip will probably come in useful one day.

Amount to landfill: un-recyclable parts of shoes, polystyrene, rubber.

Rope is still waiting for me to find a use, I just cannot justify throwing it away yet!

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