Beach cleaning to preserve marine species and attract visitors

The Kenya Wildlife Services and other stakeholders organized a clean-up campaign of the beach in Malindi at the weekend to maintain cleanliness and attract more tourists.

Speaking to the press after the exercise Malindi Marine National Park Senior Warden Ms. Jane Gitau said clean environment along the sea shore would also protect marine species like fish.

Gitau said various studies have established that marine died in masses when they eat plastic materials.

The senior warden said the cleaning up would be done monthly to ensure the beach remains clean throughout hence, promoting tourism in the area.

Speaking at the same function, Malindi Sub County deputy County Commissioner Karung’o Kamau said the general cleanliness and waste management in the region was critical in keeping the environment clean.

Kamau said the exercise began in November 2017 and up to date, 470kg of waste has been collected contributing to the improvement of the sea shores.

The DCC said, the clean-up exercise conducted at the weekend, saw about 276kg of waste collected, adding that Maweni estate residents are supporting the initiative by cleaning the shores in their area.

Kamau said used drugs syringes are among the garbage which should be cleared from the town adding that school age children found loitering around Malindi town should be rounded up and taken to school.

Source: Kenya News Agency