Tralong Beach Cleaning

We discovered Tralong Beach a while ago, a sweet lil sandy beach down Drombeg circle. Yet, everytime we went for a walk the plastic gathered more and more, until a couple of families stacked them into funny scarecrows at the end of the beach. One weekend at the end of April with the help of our friends, Finnola’s generous lunch tea&bun break and the Clean Coast’s bags and pickers we gathered 50 bags of marine litter and 2 trolleys of fishing nets. In two days we managed to clean the entire beach, though a huge fishing net remained stuck in the river, pushed by the tides. This will be our next action. The Cork County Council cleared the mass of rubbish stacked at the entrance of the beach, sending their gratitude to our group of friends and families: Eoin and Colman, Peter and Mary, Euge, our Art class reinforcements Finnola and Sharon and Sean, the local who is picking up every day lil bits of nets along his walk with his Honey lab.

The striking part was that 80% of all the trash came from the coast fishing industry: fishing nets, lobster traps, fishing clothing - gloves, boots, pants and one could tell that most of the cleaning products are coming from the international fishing boats as the tags are in spanish or french.

Nevertheless, I also found a cute little table thrown from a ship, with sailor’s marks on it, from which I quote: “We come from nothing and die for something”.

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