Scuba Divers and Residents Dive-In To Clean Glen Cove’s Beaches

Glen Cove, NY, Sept. 19, 2017… The Glen Cove Beautification Commission and the Long Island Scuba Network teamed up with Glen Cove’s Harbor Patrol, local residents and students to help clean Pryibil and Morgan Park beaches as part of the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.  Scuba divers equipped with metal detectors and net bags cleaned under the water’s surface while others combed Glen Cove’s beaches with trash grabbers and bags to collect debris and track their finds.  “This cleanup event is part environmental and part science project as we track every bit of trash so that the information can be used to educate the public and government agencies about the consequences of marine debris,” said Darcy Belyea, Director of Glen Cove’s Parks & Recreation Department and Beautification Commission.  “Over 90 participants joined this year’s clean up and highlights of their finds on land and in the sound included a lawn chair, an I-phone, a metal lamp base lodged under the fishing pier, shoes, a plastic fence and hundreds of plastic caps and cigarette butts,” added Mayor Reggie Spinello.

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Photo 1:  Mayor Spinello with divers from the Long Island Scuba Network as they prepare for their underwater clean up.  (Credit: Tab Hauser)

Photo 2:  Volunteers join Mayor Spinello, Darcy Belyea and members of the Glen Cove Beautification Commission for the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day at Pryibil Beach.  (Credit: Tab Hauser)

Photo 3:  Glen Cove residents comb Morgan Park beach to clean up marine debris and track their finds to be shared with Ocean Conservancy for their global report on Marine debris.  (Credit: Coleen Spinello)

Photo 4:  Marine debris collected under the Pryibil Beach Fishing Pier by the Long Island Scuba Network Divers as part of Glen Cove’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. (Credit: Lisa Travatello)