The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will celebrate World Oceans Day its own way: on Wednesday, June 8, from 7 to 9 a.m., the shell museum staff along with their Shell Ambassadors will hold a clean up at Bunche Beach, located at 18201 John Morris Road, just across the Sanibel Causeway in Fort Myers. The public is invited to join in as well.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. uses 380 billion plastic bags per year, of which only three percent is recycled.
“I hope people say ‘no’ to single-use plastic, especially bags, water bottles and straws. Those are the three biggest things that we can cut out of our world,” said Stefanie Wolf, marine biologist at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.
Although this is the first time the museum has participated in World Oceans Day, this isn’t the first time they have held a clean up on Bunche Beach. Wolf made the decision to hold the clean up there instead of Sanibel because Bunche seems to be more of a hotspot for trash and debris.
“I’ve picked up hundreds of pounds of trash (at Bunche). There’s so much that’s caught up in the mangroves,” Wolf said. “We have a lot of people here on Sanibel that will pick it up when they walk. I feel like you don’t get that as much in Fort Myers. I’m excited to see what we get.”
To register for the beach clean up, contact Stefanie Wolf at [email protected]. Parking at Bunche Beach is $2 per hour.