Thousands of volunteers combed Mississippi's beaches and waterways picking up marine debris at 77 designated cleanup sites during the 23rd annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup, part of the International Coastal Cleanup—the world's largest volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. During the 2011 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup, 3,102 volunteers picked up 2,218 bags of trash, along 262 miles of Coastal waterways in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The cleanup is organized by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ Public Affairs Bureau and Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force. The Mississippi Coastal Cleanup returned to the beaches and barrier islands and again expanded its reach through its partnership with Mississippi Power's Renew Our Rivers program, cleaning four sites on the days leading up to the Oct. 15, 2011 cleanup and one additional site on cleanup day.
News Release: Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Nets 2,218 Bags of Trash