During the International Coastal Cleanup this Saturday, Sept. 25, hundreds of employees from the 10 parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will join volunteers from around the world to tackle one of the most pervasive pollution problems threatening the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers: trash.
Park cleanup events are planned in Florida, Virginia, Texas and California.
Trash is a constant threat to marine wildlife and their aquatic habitats. SeaWorld’s animal rescue team routinely rescues endangered manatees and sea turtles that have either become entangled in discarded fishing line or sick from ingesting human-made objects.
“Our animal experts see firsthand everyday the impact trash can have on wildlife,” said Jim Atchison, chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.” “The International Coastal Cleanup allows all of us to be part of the solution before it impacts animals.”
For more than a decade, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has collaborated with the Ocean Conservancy in support of their International Coastal Cleanup – the world's largest volunteer cleanup event of its kind. Since 1986 thousands of volunteers from around the globe have cleared more than 100 million pounds of trash from 170,000 miles of shorelines, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Last year nearly 500,000 volunteers collected more than 7.4 million pounds of trash in 108 countries.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s commitment to cleaning up the oceans and waterways extends beyond International Coastal Cleanup. Throughout the year employees coordinate and participate in cleanup efforts on local beaches, shorelines, lakefronts and riverfronts.
For more information on International Coastal Cleanup volunteers can visit www.oceanconservancy.org.