One of the objectives of the Friends of Stokes Bay is :
To provide practical assistance, advice and support to Gosport Borough Council and their contractors in maintaining a clean and safe environment in the area, while remaining an apolitical and independent society.
In order to do this we undertake practical work along the Bay.
A massive thank you to all our loyal litter picking helpers who come along and give their support with our litter clean-ups throughout the year.
Sadly, the latest report from the Marine Conservation Society identifies that our seas are becoming more polluted and the main culprit is plastic. Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%. Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles.
Litter recorded on beaches has risen by 10% in a year.
The clean-ups and surveys of almost 340 beaches around the UK also show ‘on the go’ litter items from our eating out and about lifestyle made up 20% of all the rubbish found. The MCS is calling on UK governments to put a levy on disposables.