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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reef Alliance Day Cleanup 2016





This Saturday is Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and our annual Reef Alliance Cleanup. Sub Sea Systems’ Corporate headquarters is located in California and we participate by joining forces with the American River Conservancy.

Our employees and their families meet at one of the locations near our lakes and rivers, and we pick up trash, debris and all kinds of stuff (a car bumper, a shoe and much more)!

The world’s oceans provide us with life. Everything relies on the health of our oceans — from producing oxygen and providing habitats for an abundance of sea creatures, to furnishing an environment for the eco-tourism industry that generates income for thousands upon thousands of businesses globally — our world’s oceans make the world go ‘round.



It is important that we respect and care for this invaluable resource. As Sylvia Earle said, “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” The health of the entire planet relies on the health of the oceans. Trash and debris in our seas affects the animals that live there. Sea creatures will mistake plastic for food and ingest it; plastic fishing line and nets entangle, strangle and even amputate creatures’ limbs. It is our responsibility to keep this from happening.

When we participate in the American River Conservancy cleanup for our Reef Alliance day we help keep debris from our seas. Rivers ultimately reach the ocean, if we can stop even the smallest amount from reaching our seas we will be contributing to a stronger, healthier planet. We also believe it is important to educate the next generation about the significance of reducing, reusing and recycling — and to instill in them a deep love and understanding of our sea life and our oceans.



If you wish to participate in a cleanup this Saturday September 17th, 2016 check out Ocean Conservancy and American River Conservancy’s websites for more detailed information.

Additionally, if you want to keep track of the trash you clean up download the Clean Swell App for iPhone here and for Android here.

Last year Ocean Conservancy reported record numbers of volunteers and trash removed. Check out the infographic below.



Let's help beat those records!

And finally — Reef Alliance members — don’t forget to submit your photos and numbers to hannah@subseasystems.com

The Reef Alliance member that organizes the best cleanup project will win the annual Reef Alliance award. The winner will be announced in October.

If you want to learn more about Reef Alliance click here, and remember:

“Take only photos, leave only bubbles”