There are lots of opportunities throughout the year to join the Adventure Aquarium team and Fins for the Future on various conservation efforts in the area.
Join Adventure Aquarium and Clean Ocean Action for our annual Beach Sweeps!
Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m
Did you know that it can take up to five years for cigarette butts to biodegrade, and up to 600 years for fishing line? Every year millions of pieces of trash end up along the New Jersey shore lines, this trash does more than just ruin the aesthetic of our beautiful beaches, but it poses a real threat to native wildlife who may become entangled in trash or accidentally ingest it.
DATE: Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m
WHERE: Ocean City, New Jersey. Meet Adventure Aquarium Staff at the beach at 57th & Central Avenue to get your supplies and instructions.
WHAT TO BRING: Yourself and your friends! We are also asking participants to bring their own work gloves (if at all possible). Adventure Aquarium will have gloves available to those participants who are not able to supply their own. Snacks will be provided for participants while supplies last!
WHAT TO WEAR: Please wear closed-toed, hard soled shoes. Dress for the weather, Beach Sweeps will occur rain or shine, and remember that it can be chilly on the beach in April.
Clean Ocean Action began state wide bi-annual beach sweeps in 1985, collecting trash as well as valuable data about marine debris in our area. This data helps spread the word about the dangers marine debris poses to wildlife and humans and also shapes policies and programs to reduce litter in our area.
CAMDEN CLEAN UPS
In coordination with the City of Camden, Adventure Aquarium employees assist with multiple clean ups throughout the City of Camden, as we work together to remove trash and waste from the streets, neighborhoods, parks and playgrounds. We take pride in where we work and live, and cleaning up our environment is a great way to start. But with so much work to do and so many efforts to drive, the City needs all those who are looking to help, and when individuals become a volunteer for the City of Camden's Clean Campaign you make a resounding statement that you are not going to settle for less than a clean and beautiful community! For more information, visit the City of Camden's Clean Campaign website. Join us for an upcoming clean up. Please check back and stay tuned for the 2012 schedule.
HORSESHOE CRAB COUNTS
Would you like to help save horseshoe crabs? The horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) population has been in steady decline over the past 20 years and is now close to being officially threatened. Adventure Aquarium has joined the research efforts now based out of the University of Delaware to try to understand this decline and take steps to reverse it. The reduction in horseshoe crabs has caused a decline in many species of migrating birds, who depend on the horseshoe crabs' nutritious eggs during their long journeys.
Adventure Aquarium staff helps count crabs around the new and full moons in May and June, since that is when most of the spawning is done. You can help when you are at the beach by turning over live crabs if they have flipped on their backs. It is best to place them back in the water. Additionally you can clean up debris found on the beach, since that debris disturbs the crabs' spawning activities. Sometimes simply explaining how valuable these animals are to the ecosystem to unaware beach walkers, especially children, also helps protect the crabs.