Land and Sea! 6th Annual Coastal Cleanup

It’s that time of year again! SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Coastal Cleanup!

Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County are teaming up with local businesses and the County government to host the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup in Hernando Beach, Florida. Thousands of volunteers worldwide can participate in this international cleanup through a location nearest them. This International Coastal Cleanup began 30 years ago when communities rallied to keep their beaches pristine. Let’s continue this tradition!

During this annual cleanup, volunteers have removed over 22,500 pieces of trash from Hernando’s coastal systems. Many of these items originate from land-based and water-based activities, and heavy rains and winds facilitate the debris pathways into our coastal systems. Throughout the year, we must work together to prevent the trash from polluting these systems and endangering wildlife.

This event is open to all ages. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to earn their volunteer hours! Participants who decide to clean our waterways must provide their own vessel. We ask that all volunteers check in at our Linda Pedersen Park station to complete paperwork and obtain collection supplies.

Yes, we will separate recycling from garbage! All trash much be returned to our Linda Pedersen location to ensure proper disposal.

So how to get involved?

When: September 17, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Stay for as long as you are able.)
Check-in Station: Linda Pedersen Park (6340 Shoal Lind Blvd., Spring Hill)
Note: The day of registration will be completed at the check-in station. Pre-registration can be completed online to speed up the check-in process.

Because of our generous sponsors, the first 150 volunteers to check in the morning of the cleanup will receive a free t-shirt! Pre-registration does not guarantee a t-shirt. Trash bags, gloves, snacks, water, and freebies will be provided to all volunteers.

Thank you to our sponsors: Bayside Auto Works, Get Up and Go Weeki Wachee, Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, PED-Stuart Corporation, The Weaver Group Realty Inc., Weeki Wachee Marina, Sterling Marina, Hernando Beach Marina, Blue Pelican Marina, Our Beach Store, SUP Weeki, Hernando Beach South Property Owners Association, Hernando Beach Property Owners Association.

For more information, contact Brittany Scharf (


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Posted: August 12, 2022

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Coastal Cleanup, Florida Sea Grant, International Coastal Cleanup

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