Brackers clean beaches, reefs

Volunteers with the Sustainable Sister Islands GREEN Team have been busy cleaning up the beaches this spring, and members continue their monthly underwater cleanups in the cuts and reefs around several boat ramps.

Eight volunteers have been working to clear Long Beach of litter, and they say the northeast and southeast coasts are now trash-free. In a press release, the group called for divers and other volunteers to help with the underwater cleanup on June 9.

Nina Banks, who organizes the underwater cleanups each month, said fishermen frequently leave bottles, cans, fishing line and other trash on the sea floor near the docks.

“Divers and snorkelers from all over the world don’t want to see our trash,” she said.

The next cleanup is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 9.

Volunteers may call Ms. Banks for details at 928-0507. In addition to divers, the group is looking for shoreline assistance, snorkelers and boaters to help divers move the trash to shore.