Picture: Litter at Fort Head prior to clean up
Marine plastic pollution is a serious threat to the health of our marine environments and their biodiversity. Portland Port has taken steps to begin addressing the plastics and litter that come in to Portland Harbour.
Last week a team of 20 Portland Port employees volunteered to spend a few hours removing the marine plastics and litter that had been washed up at Fort Head on the Outer Breakwater; with an extensive breakwater system of over 5km it seemed like a good place to start.
Ian McQuade (General Manager – Commercial) said “It was shocking to see just how much waste plastics have washed onto this area of the breakwater. Two hours and around 15 dumpy bags later it felt like we had at least made a small contribution.”
Sandie Wilson (Environment & Planning Manager) commented that ‘It is amazing what you can achieve in just a couple of hours and great to see everyone’s enthusiasm to get involved!”
Future trips are being planned for later in the year to continue the good work. The waste that was collected last week will be separated, with as much as possible being recycled.
Picture: Bagged litter with some of the Portland Port employees who volunteered
Admin: 15th Aug 2018 12:02:00
At the end of every cruise season the port reviews it’s entire operation with the aim of continually improving the service it provides. As part of the ports improvement strategy, research has been undertaken over the last three years which has yielded some fantastic results for the local area. The research has been based on the activities that cruise passengers undertake whilst in port and helps put to bed the myth that all cruise passengers visiting Portland Port go to Stonehenge.
Admin: 26th Oct 2018 16:22:00