Apr 21, 2013 8:44 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
In honor of Earth Day, which is on Monday, a fourth-year Cal Poly wildlife and biology major teamed up on Sunday morning with the Avila Beach Sea Life Center for an ocean and beach clean up day.
Among the trash found: fishing poles, bottles, a tire, and a toilet.
"Who would throw that in there, you know?" said Lizzy Sikkema, the student organizer from Cal Poly.
Sikkema said she's always had an interest and love for the ocean and marine life. She said it's that passion that has led her to protect the living in the sea, and that is why she wanted to work for the Avila Beach Sea Life Center and help them clean up.
She said, "I'm glad we are doing this now, to get everything out, and help people realize that, 'oh maybe we should do this more often'."
Over 25 divers participated, scouring beneath the Harford Pier in Port San Luis. They found trash, and some living treasures, including octopi.
Diver and fourth-year Cal Poly student Josiah Shelton said, "It's a little annoying, especially when you see the sea life that's down there. And you know, it adapts, like you'll see sometimes something living in it, using it as their home, and a way that's kinda cool, and they adapt and they make it work, but at the same time, they shouldn't have to."
Shelton said he believed it was very important to clean up man's mess in the ocean.
"You wouldn't want someone to go in your house and throw their stuff on the floor, you know, you gotta respect the other person's house," said Shelton.
The event, which drew dozens of volunteers and interested passersby on the pier, will also count as Sikkema's senior project at school.
Sikkema said, "I want to basically spread awareness on how important it is to recycle and use like trash sustainability."
Sikkema reported that approximately 100 to 150 pounds of trash and recyclables were collected on Sunday. She said she hopes next year's event with the Avila Beach Sea Life Center is bigger and better.
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