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Each year, an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the world's oceans -- something that's particularly important to residents of a coastal area like Tampa Bay.  Trash is not only an eyesore, it's dangerous!  An estimated 100,000 marine animals and two million sea birds die each year from eating or becoming entangled in marine debris.  It's also dangerous for beach-goers and boaters.  Disposing of all that trash costs local communities millions of dollars every year.  Up to 80 percent of the debris damaging our global coastal habitats comes from land-based sources -- from people who litter!  Litter on the shoreline becomes marine debris.  Any trash improperly disposed of can get into the ocean or other waterways, and anyone who improperly disposes of trash can be a source of marine debris!

Use this site to sign up for coastal cleanups, find lesson plans concerning coastal environments and keep up with the latest news about Tampa Bay Beach Buddies. Stop back often, because we are always adding new lessons and updating our calendar.