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Sea kayakers: Fill ya hatch! This World Oceans Day

This World Oceans Day, 8th June, we're launching a brand new initiative aimed at sea kayakers to join in the Clear Access, Clear Waters campaign.

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The ‘Fill ya Hatch!’ campaign is a drive to help clean up those untouched beaches, off the beaten track, which many sea kayakers visit. Unfortunately, despite many beaches being inaccessible by foot, litter still washes up on the shores of the beautiful beaches, but sea kayakers are in the perfect position to pick the rubbish up and recycle it correctly. So the ‘Fill ya Hatch!’ campaign is about encouraging sea kayakers to fill their hatch with single use plastic and other rubbish when they go out on these adventures to incredible beaches. 

We are really fortunate as sea kayakers that we can travel to remote places that very few others in any craft or even by land get to visit and experience. Many of these remote coves, bays and beaches are not getting looked after and the pollution is building. We can be part of the solution. We can fill out hatches and help remove some of this litter from these stunning locations.

– Pete Catterall, sea kayaker and Talent Coach Developer at British Canoeing

Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment at British Canoeing said, “Sea kayakers can play a key role in retrieving this plastic before it’s either blown back out to sea or taken back with the tide where it may follow the flow of ocean currents. Clearly plastic pollution is harmful to marine life, with sea turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, and albatrosses feeding plastic pellets to their chicks believing them to be fish eggs, causing untold damage.

Through the ‘fill ya hatch’ campaign, sea kayakers can take action before the plastic breaks down into microplastics which can enter the food chain and are extremely challenging to remove from oceans.

– ​Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment at British Canoeing

So the next time you head out for a paddle in your sea kayak, take some gloves and hand sanitiser and a bag to pop your rubbish in as you ‘fill ya hatch!’ and help rid our beautiful seas and beaches of plastic pollution.

Have you filled your hatch? Make sure you let us know so we can shout about the fantastic work paddlers are doing!