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Sea2it make Dunluce litter free 3 September 2020

On Tuesday 1st September Sea2it delivered an adventure clean–up on the spectacular North Coast of Northern Ireland. Volunteers from Causeway Coasteering and Causeway Boats joined Sea2it to remove litter from three bays below the iconic Dunluce Castle (via Sea2it)


Photo credit: Matthew Wright

Participants jumped, swam, and splashed their way from Dunluce Cove to Burnfoot Waterfall, collecting litter which had made its way from as far afield as Newfoundland and Spain.

Items recovered included a fridge / freezer, scaffolding, car tyres and a significant number of plastic bottles, bags, containers, ropes, and rubber belts. Volunteers swam ashore from the Causeway Lass to undertake the clean–up, returning the items via the Causeway Rebel – a small rib which was refurbished for this purpose with the support of the R&A’s Golf Open Legacy Fund.

Among the more ‘interesting’ items recovered was a tub of ‘Imperial Margarine’ which was ironically stamped ‘Only in Newfoundland – A Terre–Neuve Seulement’. This tub had potentially travelled over 2,000 miles before becoming stranded in Dunluce Cove. This highlights the global problem of plastic and micro–plastic pollution, with the BBC recently reporting that there could be over 200 million tonnes of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sea2it is a registered not–for–profit community interest company established to engage the local community and businesses in fun, active and educational programmes to tackle marine litter along Northern Ireland’s coasts and rivers. Commenting on the event Sea2it’s Andrew Bratton said “in light of the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever, to get the local community out in a healthy and safe environment to help ensure iconic sights like Dunluce remain clean and open for those participating in either outdoor recreation or sightseeing”.

Matt Wright and his team from Causeway Coasteering who helped deliver the event said “As a business that is immensely proud to introduce visitors to the wonders of our stunning coastline and as individuals who love every inch of the Causeway Coast, we were delighted to partner with Sea2it and Causeway Boats to effect a clean–up of one of our favourite areas, Dunluce Castle. Some of the items of pollution we lifted, swam and carried out to sea were easily visible by tourists from the sea, cliff tops and even Dunluce Castle itself. This partnership and its coastal clean–ups are a vital part of the proud heritage of our companies and a necessary part of our future. We look forward to more of the same”

Throughout summer Sea2it has organised wildlife and sightseeing trips to raise funds to support clean–up expeditions along hard to reach areas of the coast. A further suite of clean–ups will take place along the North Coast and the River Bann throughout 2020 and 2021. The local community can keep up–to–date with all volunteering opportunities through the group’s Facebook page.