Volunteers can help keep the pristine beach at Ocracoke even cleaner during the beach cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon June 23. Photo: C. Leinbach

To celebrate World Oceans Month, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will host a beach cleanup at the lifeguard beach on Ocracoke from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23.

This Operation Beach Respect includes cleanups on Coquina Beach on Bodie Island and at the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site on Hatteras Island, according to a press release from the NPS.

Volunteers can drop in at any time during the cleanup and trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Concurrent with the Seashore events, NCBBA members will be stationed at the park’s off-road vehicle ramps on Hatteras Island where visitors can obtain trash bags for collecting litter during their visit.  

Bill King, NCBBA member and cleanup organizer, said the association does not have volunteers scheduled to be at the Ocracoke ramps but would welcome help and new members from the island.  Anyone interested in helping the cleanup by taking a station at one of the Ocracoke ramps may call King at 804-895-0782.

The association’s mission among its close to 4,000 members is preservation.

“Everyone can live at the beach–turtles, birds, people,” he said. 

All participants and volunteers are encouraged to bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Please wear appropriate clothing, such as closed-toe shoes and hats.

For more information about Operation Beach Respect, visit NCBBA’s event website here. For information on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, click here

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  1. I’m so glad to see this happening! But in truth, each one of us, man, woman or child, if able, should do this anytime and any where! I bothers me to see things that Do Not belong , on our beaches, in particular. And whenever I see plastic , I am reminded of the far-too-many animals who have and will perish , having gotten tangled or even having ingested these bits of plastic, large and small.
    I submit to the beach goers at large that it would be most helpful to carry several large trash bags in their vehicles or at least one in their beach gear , and go for a walk ( with gloves,) and pick up what ever you find that does not belong. You will be amazed at what and how much one can gather! Teach the children to be consciencious about their actions regarding their planet!

    • Thank you, Sam. Excellent points! AND, we should pick up trash alongside the road whenever we can.

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