1994 international beach clean up exercise at the bar beach Lagos, Nigeria.
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At the request of the United States of America Centre for Marine Conservation, the Nigeria Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research organised a beach clean up at the Bar Beach Lagos on September 24 1994. An International beach clean up is usually held on the last Saturday of every September during the COASTWEEK. On this day, volunteers all over the world participate in a beach clean up in an effort to collect data and information on the types and amounts of debri littering the world's beaches. Volunteers for the Bar Beach clean up of 1994 were drawn from all works of life and some Federal and States agencies. A total of 10,872 pieces of different kinds of debri weighing 531.1kg were collected during the clean up. Further analysis of the different debri showed that plastics constituted 37% of the debris collected on the Beach. Other items included paper, which amounted to 16%, metal 3%, foamed plastics, which amounted to 10%, rubber which, amounted to 7%, wooden pieces which amounted to 7%, broken glass which amounted to 7%, and cloth pieces which amounted to 3% of the total debris collected. In all, the data showed that the Bar Beach, which is the most popular tourist beach in Nigeria, is very dirty. The result of this exercise could be useful in the formulation of an effective beach and even coastal zone management policy.
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