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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Sepang Gold Coast Beach, Dengkil, Selangor, Malaysia

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Sepang Gold Coast Beach, Dengkil, Selangor, Malaysia
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Registered: February 2013
City/Town/Province: Ayer Itam, Penang
Posts: 3
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Did you know that over half the litter found on our beaches is plastic? Did you know that it takes 8 weeks for an apple core and 100 years for a cigarette butt to decompose? And did you know that 40% of all the litter found on beaches has been dropped by beach visitors?

Coastal litter includes all objects that do not naturally occur in the marine and coastal environment but are nevertheless found there. It is also known to be marine litter, which is the collective term for any man-made object present in the coastal environment. Coastal litter can blow around, remain floating on the water surface or sink to the deep seabed.

And if you are going to have a quick look at the litter you will find on the Malaysian's shoreline. Broadly there are 4 main ingredients including Seaweed, Leaves, Cigarette butt, and a cocktail of plastics and man-made rubbish.

(a) Seaweed:
Not all debris found on beaches are bad litter some are good.That decaying smelly seaweed plays a role in ensuring the health and cleanliness of the shore.

(b) Leaves:
Leaves mainly remained where they fell and are washed into stormwater drains and brought into the shoreline.

(c) Cigarette Butts
Cigarette butts are a serious matter. The problem we now have is a consequence of bans on indoor smoking. It?s estimated that 350,000 butts go into Malaysian?s coastal area each day.

(d) Man-made rubbish & Plastics
Everywhere and what usually most of all use to create in our daily life.

The coastal litter problems is complex. And the Malaysia's coastal litter problem is more complex because the Malaysian coastal area is in a closed system.

What goes into the coastal area stays there, unless it is "digested" by the coastal ecosystem.

1) Ingestion:
An estimated of 100 000 marine mammals, turtles, and sea birds are killed by plastic litter around the world. Most of the marine animals also mistake plastic items for usual food, which if ingested can cause starvation and poisoning.

2) Entrapped:
Animals may become entrapped in discard or lost nets, trapping bands, systems of packaging drink cans and ropes or threads which can cause flesh wounds and drowning.

3) Tourism:
Marine waste is an eyesore on our shores and may involve a disaffection of beaches by the tourists.

Coastal Litter Reduction Strategies
And how can the coastal litter problems being addressed?
The strategies to clean up coastal litter include:

(a) Litter traps
Installation traps which catch litter in drains and water courses before it gets to coasts.

(b) Water Sensitive Urban Design
Specifically designed to ensure storm water entering water ways meets environmental standards.

(c) Education and Community Awareness Raising
Messages that are often repeated have more impact and are better remembered
We needed slogans, logos, media releases and stories that would be heard and seen right around the bay and the coast.

(d) Beach Cleanups & Campaigns
Recycling or reuse of the material retrieved is encouraged

And by saying so, we have participated in a coastal clean-up activities and awareness activities at Sepang Gold Coast Beach, Selangor.

Please think twice before trying to litter our coastal ocean. You should either you Bin It or Swim In It?
Date: November 14, 2014 Views: 2257 File size: 22.2kb, 90.6kb : 629 x 521
Hours Volunteered: 540
Volunteers: 180
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 24 & 8 to 65
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 850
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