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MCS Survey Results

MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend 2011 reveals plastic-wrapped threat to beach cleanliness

An interesting and pertinent item in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual survey results for 2011 which have just been released shows an 11% rise in the number of dog poo bags left on beaches. Its a common sight here too, dog owners picking up after their dogs, only to leave the full bags on the beach. These are then a greater health hazard to wildlife than dog waste  alone.

More info here at the MCS website

Dog mess

Another problem we are experiencing is the problem of thoughtless dog owners letting their dogs mess on footpaths and beaches. And they can do it with impunity as, according to the JEP, no one has been charged with this for over three years. This is another issue that affects our image as a tourist destination, year round, and again we need something to be done. And Yes, again, I will state, not more laws, because as seen with ever lower and frustrating speed limits, penalising everyone doesn’t stop the offenders. So, how do we catch the offenders – answers on a postcard please! (not really, comment on here) but my first thought is that apart from the fact that the maximum fine is a healthy £500 and the island is broke at the moment, a few hours community service cleaning it up wouldn’t go amiss.

I don’t think we need a photo gallery for this subject.