Conservation Department linked up with St Mary's School on 8th June 2018.

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2018 World Ocean Day marked with Beach Clean Up

Report and photo from Head of Tristan's Conservation Department Trevor Glass


World Ocean Day on 8th June 2018 was marked by a Tristan Da Cunha Conservation Department - St Mary's School colaboration Beach Clean Up.

The initiative is so important as the Conservation Department sees to protect all the Tristan da Cunha Islands from pollution, especially plastics which are washed ashore. Gough and Inaccessible Islands are also World Heritage Sites. The beach clean up was in a 100m area west of Camogli Harbour with 12 island school children , picking up plastic, pieces of metal, floats and a variety of material that had been washed up ashore.

All the children we're given protective gloves and a safety talk with Tristan Conservation's Head of Department Trevor Glass as well as two school teachers. Children were split up into teams and slowly worked their way along the beach.


After a successful day of picking up over 10 black bags of plastics and other materials Tristan Conservation Department members explained the importance of cleaning the beach which is such an important marine habitat.

A huge thanks was given to the island school for their help and all the children were sent off with big smiles on their faces.

The plastics found were recorded as part of on-going Conservation Department studies.