This Sunday, volunteers will be out cleaning up Golden Gardens Beach.
The event is being organized by the local chapter of Sea Shepherd. The group will be at the beach on Sunday, April 25 from 10:15 am to 1 pm. "Help us keep ocean plastics and other pollutants out of the Puget Sound and out of the stomachs of marine life!" the organizers say.
Sea Shepherd asks that volunteers bring a mask, sturdy shoes, gloves, and litter pickers if you have them. All cleanup volunteers will also get 25% off merchandise from Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd is an international nonprofit dedicated to marine environmental justice. The organization aims to partner with governments from around the world to detect and put an end to criminal fishing operations.
The nonprofit hosts volunteer events worldwide, and the Seattle chapter is fairly active with local advocacy efforts and cleaning events in Seattle parks and beaches. Sea Shepherd also hosted a cleanup at Golden Gardens last year; a group of 13 volunteers collected over 100 lbs. of trash in their one-day clean in July 2020.
The Seattle chapter of Sea Shepherds was established in April 2011. " It made perfect sense to have a chapter in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rugged mountains, lush rain forests, an abundance of water and incredible diversity of wildlife," they write on their chapter website.
"Our close proximity to Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea means we live next door to all kinds of marine wildlife including whales, dolphins, porpoises, salmon, sea lions, and a multitude of other species, several of which are critically endangered. This puts our chapter in a unique position to be directly involved in the defense, conservation, and stewardship of marine ecosystems and wildlife right in our own backyard."
The Seattle chapter's onshore volunteer network takes part in several ongoing outreach activities throughout the Puget Sound region. Along with cleanups, they table events to draw attention to marine environmental justice issues. You can find them at local festivals (in non-COVID times) and expos, along with film screenings and environmental lectures. A few veteran Sea Shepherd members often speak at local club meetings and school groups.
If you want to join the Sea Shepherd organization as an advocate or volunteer, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Sea Shepherd's Golden Gardens Cleanup 2020