Jamestown, RI – On Saturday, December 1st, Clean Ocean Access held its second-to-last beach cleanup of the year at Hull Cove in Jamestown, RI. 48 volunteers and community members participated in the cleanup, collecting 150 pounds of debris from the cove, located on the southeastern coast of the island.

Hull Cove is owned by the Conanicut Island Land Trust, which is responsible for over 430 acres of property on Jamestown. Formed in 1984, the Land Trust promotes the preservation of natural resources on the island for the benefit of the general public. There is an access point available at Hull Cove for the public to use, so it is important to keep the shoreline clean and safe for all to enjoy.

Volunteers from the weekend cleanup included students from North Kingstown High School, Salve Regina University and the Navy Supply Corps School. The 48 volunteers worked diligently to collect trash along the shoreline at Hull Cove, including 119  plastic caps and lids, 115 pieces of rope, 7 lobster traps, and 2 tires.

“I am super passionate about the ocean,” said Britt Christopher, a student at Salve Regina University. “I’m doing a social justice paper on plastic pollution, so that inspired me to come out here today for the cleanup.”

Other volunteers, like Donald Pfeiffer, took advantage of the sunny weather and used the cleanup as a chance to get outside. “It’s a nice day and it’s good exercise,” said Pfeiffer. “I like to do my small part to clean up our beaches.”

Clean Ocean Access will host the last cleanup of the year on December 8th at Gull Cove in Portsmouth. For more information and upcoming volunteer opportunities with Clean Ocean Access visit www.cleanoceanaccess.org/action/volunteer/

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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