National Park Service, Pt. Reyes:
When Hallie, Founder of All One Ocean, first approached me about the possibility of the National Park Service setting up an ongoing Beach Clean Up Station (BCUS) at Point Reyes National Seashore, one of my first thoughts was “Why didn’t we do this years ago?” I am glad we finally have and encourage other agencies to set up Beach Clean Up Stations at their beaches. I would think that the BCUSs have helped especially with the micro litter. Those little pieces of plastic can easily be overlooked but with the small bags in the BCUS boxes, and the educational messages, people are more likely to pick up those little pieces. Our pilot BCUS has been such a success, with no problems, that we have installed another at Drakes Beach and a third at the Point Reyes Hostel.
John A. Dell’Osso
Chief of Interpretation and Resource Education
Point Reyes National Seashore
National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area:
All One Ocean’s Beach Clean Up Station is a brilliant feat of social engineering. It creates community while making public custodianship an integral part of everyday beach culture. By encouraging the general public to begin to pick up trash and reduce their own use of throw-aways, All One Ocean encourages people to automatically think of cleaning up the beach—and thus the oceans. Like not smoking in public places, care for the beaches can become part of the fabric of living with increased health awareness.
Including kids’ art on Beach Clean Up Stations serves many purposes: it attracts attention; opens peoples’ hearts; speaks to the kid in both children and adults; reinforces the idea that beach clean up and ocean stewardship can be fun; and helps prevent vandalism.
Environmental and Safety Programs Office
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
It has been such a fun and rewarding opportunity for the Ocean Warriors at risk students to be involved in a project that highlights their involvement in marine protection (and their artwork!), and also provides important information to members of their own community about how most marine debris begins as beach litter– something we can do our part to help. It has been a great collaboration between MKF, our Ocean Warriors students, All One Ocean, and DLNR State Parks!
Malama Kai Foundation’s Ocean Warriors Project
I am someone who has known about the terrible problem of plastic in the oceans and I am very committed to caring for the earth…but somehow I was not taking this simple action of picking up plastic on the many walks I take. Maybe I thought “what is the point, when no one else is bothering to do it”… not sure exactly, but I want you to know how motivating that little box was/is for me, knowing that other people would be picking up stuff and also the idea of extending this awareness to other lovers of the beach. Also, it made a difference that the box was beautiful wood and had a “personal” feel to it…. not an anonymous sort of message. Good luck with the project and thank you.
from a Beach Lover, Limantour
Monitoring crab boats as a result of Beach Clean Up Station usage:
I went to Limantour today and saw your cleanup station. I took a bag and quickly filled it. Then things got out of hand. This tied-together collection in the photo is about 6 feet long. I really think a lot of this trash is from crab boats which just started crab fishing last week.
I always pick up trash along the beaches but I was inspired by your cleanup station to pick up more than usual.
Following on another report of an unusual number of floats on another Marin County beach, All One Ocean contacted John Dell’Osso of NPS, Pt. Reyes, and asked if he could help. John’s response:
I can talk to our Law Enforcement Rangers about communicating with Fish & Game as well as National Marine Sanctuaries and among all three agencies, we can try to get the word out better.