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Record Number of Volunteers Removed 315 Pounds of Trash on Clean-Up Day

As part of California’s annual Coastal Clean-Up Day, the Aquarium hosted a beach clean-up on the Long Beach Peninsula on September 21, 2019.

2019 California Coastal Clean-Up Day volunteers

Volunteers pick up trash at the beach on the Long Beach Peninsula during California's annual Coastal Clean-Up Day on September 21, 2019.

Nearly 200 volunteers, almost twice as many as the previous year, removed 315 pounds of trash from the beach.

About half of the participants were corporate volunteers, including a group of thirty from New York Life. Jason DePetris of New York Life also serves as an Aquarium Trustee and was among the volunteers on hand. The company’s volunteer grant program provides funding to the Aquarium in recognition of New York Life employees’ hours spent volunteering.

The next California Coastal Clean-Up Day will be held on September 21, 2020.