N.C. Coastal Federation seeking volunteers for annual cleanup efforts

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation is asking for volunteers to help shorelines recover from litter and debris. 

On Saturday, the federation will host their annual shoreline cleanup at Atlantic Beach, Holly Ridge, and Rodanthe. 

Volunteers will be cleaning up any litter or marine debris, which has been a growing issue, according to the N.C. Coastal Federation. 

Over the years, they have found straws, plastic containers, and electronics in the ocean — items that can harm the coastal wildlife. 

“And then it can also be harmful for our coastal habitat. If there’s larger pieces of debris that are kind of crushing, seagrasses, marshes in our area,” said Rachel Bisesi, coastal education coordinator for the N.C. Coastal Federation. 

She adds that due to Hurricane Florence they’re expecting much more debris to be present. 

“Since the storm was in September, pieces of wooded debris and docks that have washed up in the marsh areas,” said Bisesi. 

The debris collected will be used for data, sent to the ocean conservancy and focus on marine debris efforts in the future. 

The cleanup begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. They recommend you register before arriving. 

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