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02 Nov 2017

Nurdle spill spreads as clean-up continues

Holly Konig (South Coast Sun) Picture: Clean Surf Project is steadily tackling both Cuttings and lending a hand in the nurdle clean-up where able.

Clean Surf Project is steadily tackling both Cuttings and lending a hand in the nurdle clean-up where able.

Some two weeks after the devastating nurdle spill in Durban’s harbour, the plastic beads have made their way further along the coast and even into the stomachs of ocean creatures.

Clean Surf Project is steadily tackling both Cuttings and lending a hand in the nurdle clean-up where able.

Local NGO, Clean Surf Project tackled Cuttings Beach again on Saturday, 28 October and cleared another 97 bags of litter in a 30 metre stretch.

“We are glad to see local communities and fishing clubs getting involved – slowly but surely we’ll get there,” said Denzil van der Westhuizen. “The sad part regarding Cuttings is that there were plans drawn up to restore the littered area back in 2011. None of it has materialised, so where has all of this money gone?”

CSP will again be attending Cuttings Beach this Saturday, 4 October from 8am and hopes to see more of the community on the plastic-riddled beach, making a difference with every filled bag.

CSP was also one of the many environmentally-conscious groups that attended to the nurdle spill clean-up at uShaka Beach on Sunday, 29 October.

Caroline Reid, one of the masterminds of Sunday’s clean-up, is fully aware of the detrimental effect the nurdles will have on the environment.

“We’ve been asking spearos and fishermen to check the stomach contents of the fish they catch for nurdles. Some have reported seeing them,” she said. “This has been a steady seep into our food chain for quite a while due to other spills in the past, but it’s highlighted by this spill and the lack of proper response to it by the relevant parties. I think they thought because they are so small, it will just go away.”
Volunteers are daily continuing to rid the coastline of the nurdles.