Pick It Up! Initiative 2016

We’re excited to announce the launch of our “Pick It Up!” initiative in an effort to clean up Long Island’s beaches!
pick it up 2016
On the first Saturday of each month, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation staff and volunteers will be at 5 beaches across Long Island to collect the marine debris that poses a threat to our marine environment and it’s inhabitants. Support us!

You can sign up by visiting our Rescue Center located within Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, by emailing education@riverheadfoundation.org, or by calling 631.369.9840.

Spring beach clean up sites and dates are as follows:
Roanoke Beach in Riverhead
Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness
Crab Meadow Beach Park in Huntington
Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai
Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays
April 17 (rain date for April 2), and May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Summer dates and hours TBD

Here’s some more information on the Pick It Up! Initiative:
Marine debris is adversely affecting marine animals at an alarming rate. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation needs your help to take a stand against this human-induced occurrence, and give these animals the best chance of survival. By working with our community partners, we will inspire the public to take action, change their behavior, and create a safer environment for future generations of humans and marine animals alike.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation currently uses stranding data to determine the magnitude of the impact marine mammals and sea turtles that frequent New York waters. By integrating this data into marine debris lectures and beach clean ups, we will evoke change in New York communities, leading to a reduction in the amount of marine debris entering the environment.

Be the driving force behind eradicating marine debris and saving our marine environment. Join us for a beach clean up we host in your community, or suggest a new site in need of help. Most importantly, show us how you are saving the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, and encourage others to do the same, by sharing your photos and stories on social media with us. As a result of your support, marine debris on the beach will be removed before it is given the opportunity to harm a marine animal.

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