Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that brings awareness and solutions to the problem of marine debris on Hawai`i's beaches through:
Wherever you are in the world, you can help us with this international problem of marine debris by becoming a member of B.E.A.C.H. today - click here for more information
Ala Moana Beach is now a smoke-free beach
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 72 on Monday 8th April, 2013 making Ala Moana the 2nd smoke-free beach on O`ahu after Hanauma Bay which became smoke-free 20 years ago in 1993. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i is supporting a new bill to ban smoking at all beaches on O`ahu. B.E.A.C.H. also supported Bill 72.
"City Council committee OKs islandwide smoking ban", Honolulu Star Advertiser, Wednesday 24th April, 2013
"Measure would ban smoking at all city parks and beaches", Honolulu Star Advertiser, Thursday 11th April, 2013
SAVE SEA TURTLES - USE ORGANIC COTTON PRODUCE BAGS
B.E.A.C.H. is continuing to raise awareness of the harm of plastic bags to sea turtles and is providing a solution to this problem through encouraging use of reusable cotton produce bags in addition to reusable shopping bags. For more information about this plastic bag reduction campaign, click here.
B.E.A.C.H. is offering a free gift of a set of 3 reusable cotton produce bags as a membership gift this year for new and renewing members. For the membership form and information, click here.
"Midweek article on B.E.A.C.H. co-founders, Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki", Midweek, Wednesday 17th April, 2013
Radiation and marine debris
All of the marine debris that Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) uses for educational purposes was collected well before the 2011 tsunami in Japan and does not have radiation. Also all of the marine debris that B.E.A.C.H. volunteers are sorting was collected prior to September 2012 when the first items of tsunami debris were found in Hawai`i.
Unfortunately there has been no testing for radiation by the Hawai`i State Department of Health (the department responsible for monitoring radiation) on the beaches on O`ahu and Hawai`i islands that are known for the largest accumulations of marine debris on those islands and there's been no testing at all on any beach on the islands of Lana`i, Moloka`i, Ni`ihau and Kaho`olawe (which also have beaches that accumulate marine debris). Therefore there is no information on radiation for these beaches. Any item on beaches that accumulate marine debris can have radiation.
To learn more about the issues concerning radiation from Japan, please click here.
"Salty Sandcrab" webcomic (click below)
Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley
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