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The Center for Marine Conservation Beach Cleanup
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
Last year, 37,000 Floridians scoured nearly 2,500 miles of coastline and collected more than 370 tons of litter in the 12th annual Coastal Cleanup.
Volunteers found everything from plastic bags to old fishing nets, with cigarette butts (250,000) being the most frequently found item. Discarded fishing line is the top killer of marine life. In 1999, 250 scuba divers turned out to help remove this deadly marine debris from around piers and bridges. But they still can use some help.
Organizers already are working on another cleanup, this one scheduled for Sept. 16. If you would like to help, call (800) CMC-FLOR.
Since 1972, the Center for Marine Conservation has been committed to protecting ocean environment and conserving global abundance and diversity of marine life. To contact its Florida Regional Office, write CMC, One Beach Drive SE, #304, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, or call (727) 895-2188.
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