Anglers called on to clean up our coastline
Anglers called on to clean up our coastline MCS welcomes a new initiative from the Angling Trust called the ‘Just Take 5’ campaign.
Anglers called on to clean up our coastline MCS welcomes a new initiative from the Angling Trust called the ‘Just Take 5’ campaign. As well as ensuring they don’t leave any litter, anglers are being encouraged either to spend just five minutes after fishing collecting any litter they come across or simply pick up five pieces of litter. As David Mitchell from the Angling Trust points out, most responsible sea anglers already take their own litter home. This is about going further and encouraging them, as custodians of our beaches and shorelines, to help remove non-angling related litter as well in order to help maintain the beauty and health of our coast. The key to the ‘Just Take 5’ message is in its simplicity - anyone and everyone can do it each time they go fishing. If every sea angler in the country did this just think of how many millions of items of litter would be removed from our coastline every year. The Angling Trust will be promoting ‘Just Take 5’ by providing angling clubs, tackle shops and other organisations with campaign posters over the coming months. Read more information from The Angling Trust.
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Did you know?…
On UK beaches levels of litter have doubled in the past 20 years
MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters
Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles