Aug 24, 2009
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The business community and environment conservationists joined hands with the Kenya Wildlife Service in Malindi at the weekend to clean up the beach as the tourist high season picks up.
The business community and environment conservationists joined hands with the Kenya Wildlife Service in Malindi at the weekend to clean up the beach as the tourist high season picks up.

Hotels provided workers for the three hour exercise that saw the main beach line in Malindi between Silversands and Marine Park cleaned.

About 600 kilograms of garbage, plastics, paper bags, gunny bags and other none decomposable materials were scooped from various points along the beach that is mostly frequented by tourists and local people.

The proprietor of Milano Electronics Mr Rakesh Vagani and other business people provided transport and other materials for the exercise that also attracted foreigners.

Deputy KWS warden at Malindi Marine Park Mr Stephen Kamerino said the exercise had been necessitated by increasing beach pollution.

“Plastics and other non-decomposable pollutants have become a threat to dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life and we had to clean the area up,” said Mr Kamerino adding that the exercise would be annual.

He blamed beach revellers for dumping such pollutants everywhere on the beach and urged them to be responsible and put the dirt only in designated places so as to keep the beach clean.

Observation also revealed that continued construction inside the 30-meter riparian area along the Malindi beaches threatened breeding points for the endangered sea turtle.

Most of the beach line has been constructed with hotel perimeter walls reaching the sea water as environmentalists raise concern over the problem.
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