Spokesperson Andy Dinsdale told HIP: “As projects are cancelled for the foreseeable future, we’re striving to keep an online presence. There’s no formal coastal monitoring of plastic pollution, just reports from our network when people are able to make it to the beach as part of their daily exercise. If you’re able to walk the beach at this time and want to join us, please do so via www.strandliners.org

“We’ve increased our newsletter to twice monthly, adding activities for those at home and unable to go out. Anyone wishing to subscribe may do so via our website, where there are also archived newsletters. 

“We’re holding virtual meetings and have various WhatsApp groups to stay in touch. 

“Strandliners hope to celebrate Earth Day and World Oceans
Day with virtual community screenings about the story of plastic. 

PICTURE: Andy Dinsdale

“There’s also ‘Rye Bay Beachcombing’ on Facebook where we have short videos. It’s a great place to post beach finds to be identified by our experts, national and international.

“My own isolation project is sorting 10kg of microplastics (primary and secondary) collected in 10 minutes at Camber Sands before the lockdown. I’m looking at the ratio of nurdles to bio-beads. Nurdles are pre-production plastic pellets that have been transported from production at petrochemical plants to plastic product factories, and millions are lost in transit at sea or on roads on the way. Bio-beads are waste-water treatment media used to clean water. Somehow they continue to escape in millions.”

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