Upcoming summer beach survey

With many of our beaches having now entered a relatively quiet period, we are busy planning to conduct another beach survey as we approach the end of the summer. Our main focus this time will be on monitoring the accumulation of macro litter.

Our beach survey projects have been running since 2019, with new beaches consistently added over the last five years. This long-term monitoring allows SST to identify litter challenges and to devise the best strategies to tackle them. It also helps us monitor the impact of our interventions, and particularly along Gqeberha’s coastline.

The surveys generally take place on two beaches and are conducted twice yearly according to the seasons and tides. Basically, a survey involves an initial day (Day Zero) where all the litter on a stretch of beach is collected, followed by 10 days in which the same stretch of beach is cleared daily to assess the kind of litter deposited over 24-hour periods.

Once collected, SST sorts and categorises the litter using one of our comprehensive datasheets that captures vital information about the litter types.

Research plays such a pivotal role in SST’s larger objective of achieving zero waste to the seas of Africa status. You too can help us on this journey, and by starting your own monitoring operation. To get the ball rolling (or if you simply want more information about the monitoring process) please visit our latest edition of the African Litter Monitoring Manual.

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