For Immediate Release

December 3rd, 2018

The Gambia Ocean Heroes will conduct their second beach clean-up exercise this Saturday, 8 December 2018 at Lemon Creek/Sea Front Hotel from 9:00am

The Gambia Ocean Heroes invites you to participate in their second beach clean-up exercise this Saturday, 8 December 2018 at Lemon Creek/Sea Front Hotel from 9:00am. This exercise is to help in changing the mindset of the people in regards to pollution and the environment.

The Gambia Ocean Heroes Project are a group of volunteers in the Gambia who have direct and indirect concerns about the growing level of pollution along the Atlantic Ocean and the River Gambia. The ocean and river are polluted with a wide variety of marine debris, ranging from plastics to derelict fishing gear and litter from weekend beach parties.

For every plastic that we discard on land eventually runs off into the ocean and river for potential consumption from marine organism. Most plastic debris cannot be decomposed and remains suspended in the ocean and river currents for years. Marine organisms can become snagged on the plastic or mistake if for food, slowly killing them over a long period of time.

Marine organisms are most often victims of plastic debris include turtles, dolphins, shrimp, fish, sharks, crabs, sea bird and crocodiles. Plastics and micro plastics have a persistent problem to our food web.  The plastic ingested by fish, crabs and shrimp end up in our bodies because we consume these foods.

Plastic debris enters the food web when microscopic organisms called zooplankton consume these plastics and zooplankton are in turn consumed by fish. Humans consume these fish that have high levels of plastics, which are endocrine disruptors.

Plastics are man-made chemicals classified as endocrine (brain) disruptors, which alter the function of the endocrine (brain) system by mimicking the roles of the body’s natural hormones, testosterone and estrogen.  These disruptors cause reproductive problems, infertility, and other issues.

If Gambians do not participate by supporting the anti plastic and anti littering bans, our biological system will be interrupted from the seafood we consume. The Gambia Ocean Heroes Project is organized by the GREAT Institute, a research center for marine science, environmental issues, and climate change etc. For more information, contact us at +220 244 7328 or [email protected].

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