After a successful beach clean-up in the Netherlands by Seas At Risk members the North Sea Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, the groups will present their results to Ministers at the OSPAR Environment Summit later this month.

The clean up, that took place at four locations on the beach of Wijk aan Zee in Western Netherlands, gave rise to over 12,500 objects being collected.

More than 350 volunteers took part in the beach clean-up with groups of volunteers cleaning four different locations. Amongst a host of items picked up, they found 2456 pieces of rope, 1839 pieces of plastic, 406 cotton swabs and 759 bottle caps.

The North Sea Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, who will be joining Seas At Risk at the OSPAR Environment Summit, will present the results of the clean-up at the conference as Ministers meet to discuss the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.

Seas At Risk, who are involved at the OSPAR Commission as observers, will be actively pressing for stronger measures to safeguard the marine environment and pushing for ambitious action to prevent the build of marine litter at the Summit.

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