Oceannet visits South Brook

Staff ~ The Nor'wester
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Earlier this month residents of South Brook, as well as campers at Goodyear’s Cove Park, took part in an OceanNet Beach Cleanup activity. 

OceanNet is an initiative sponsored by the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Their goal is to engage youth and community volunteers in all aspects of the marine environment – sustainability, innovation, and leadership.

The program was led by Tiffany Martin, the Youth Engagement coordinator for Marine Institute / OceanNet. She arrived fully prepared for a day of activities for young and old alike. After everyone donned their bright neon green OceanNet t-shirts, the first order of business was the beach cleanup. All participants were outfitted with gloves and garbage bags before heading out to collect the plastics, cans, cardboard and other litter – including a Barbie doll – found on the beach. They also cleaned up a large amount of kelp.

By the time all the debris was loaded on a truck for disposal, everyone was hungry for the free hot dog and hamburger BBQ, also sponsored by OceanNet. The younger participants then took time to paint ocean and beach scenes on flat rocks, before moving on to participate in a giant walk-on board game designed to raise awareness of ocean issues, while playing a fun game.

The final event of the day was a display of actual ocean fish, including a small shark. Tiffany, who also gave everyone an opportunity to hold and touch each exhibit, told younger participants about each creature.

“I believe we all need to work towards the goal of awareness about every aspect of our oceans,” she said afterwards. “They and everything living in them needs to be protected.”

She went on to say that the program helps to ignite interest in youth, which they hope will be part of a lifelong passion for the entire marine environment.

“I love what I do, and I love to pass on my enthusiasm to our province’s youth through the beach cleanup program.”

With the great success of this event, the OceanNet beach cleanup program has already been invited back next year to lead us in another event to help us all to more fully appreciate the ocean environment.

Organizations: Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geographic location: South Brook

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