RAPTOBERFEST means it is time to get serious about cleaning up plastic pollution on our beaches.

Did you know…that in certain places of the ocean, the amount of suspended plastic particles actually outnumbers ambient plankton?…that approximately one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die from ingestion or entanglement in plastics each year?…that with the exception of a small amount that has been incinerated, virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been created still exists in some shape or form?Here are three things you can do to help:

1. Beach Sweeps & One Foot At A Time Photo Contest  – Join the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Clean Ocean Action this Saturday, October 20th, from 9 am to 12:30 pm to help clean up a local beach and participate in Surfrider’s International photo contest. Beach Captains at the following locations will have materials for the One Foot At A Time photo contest.  Avon, Pavilion at Norwood and Ocean Avenue; Asbury Park, North End Beach (meet in the fisherman’s lot). A complete list of beach sweep locations can be found here.

2. Join Surfrider – Plastic pollution is a serious issue nationally and locally. Join to help us reduce plastic pollution in our oceans. Join this week and we’ll give you your choice of men’s wallet or women’s pocketbook by The People’s Movement.

3. Ten Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint