If you love the beach, then you know the importance in protecting the beach. Failing to take care of the beach means we endanger its residents and cause unhealthy and hazardous conditions. There are a number of ways you can do your part. This section of our website is dedicated to the care and protection of our beaches.
The most important thing you can do to protect the beach is make sure you don’t leave a trace on the beach. This means clean up all your litter. If it’s a windy day, take your trash with you and dispose of it off the beach. Wind can carry unsecured items from trash cans and debris can get into the ocean.
Plan for beach protection before you arrive
It’s a good idea to think about protecting the beach before you even arrive. Plan to bring reusable and not disposable items. Disposable items pose a threat to the environment if they get into the water or are consumed by animals. Use reusable containers, not baggies. Baggies tend to get picked up and blown around by the wind. Avoid the use of plastic straws as they endanger the wildlife. Many towns, including Brigantine, Avalon and Stone Harbor have outlawed the dispensing of plastic bags for grocery and other store-bought items. This is one way towns are working to protect the beach.
Take care around potential nesting areas. Many animals use the beach as their breeding grounds. This includes turtles who lay eggs on the beach. It also includes crabs and other wildlife.
For more information about protecting the coastal eco-system, check out The Wetlands Institute.
There are so many things you can do to protect the beach. Our articles below lay out some of these ideas to help aid in the protection of the coast. Do you have any practices to help protect the beach? Please share them below. The more information we can share about protecting the coast, the better off we all will be.
We want our kids, grandkids and future generations to be able to enjoy the beach. But if we don’t take the steps now to protect the beach, they may not be able to enjoy it like we do now.
Read more below to learn more!