Captain's Log: August 28, 2007

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Today was the first ever environmental awareness day in El Astillero. The two day event started with a mass trash cleanup of the beach and roadside. Over 300 school kids participated along with local community leaders, MARENA (Nicaraguan environmental agency), the Alcaldia de Tola, and Team Surfari. It was pouring down rain for the trash cleanup, but that did not stop everyone from cleaning up hundreds of bags of trash. On the second day of the event, the school organized a march down the street of Astillero and then held a two hour presentation at the school. The presentation included speeches from the Mayor, skits by the kids, local dances, and a puppet show. All of the presentations were aimed at teaching the kids the importance of keeping their beach and town clean to protect the environment. El Astillero is located right next to the Chacocente Wildlife Refuge that is one of only 7 places in the world that marine turtles will come by the tens of thousands in a single night to lay their eggs. The kids were taught the importance of not throwing plastic bags on the ground that will undoubtedly end up getting eaten by turtles once the offshore wind blows them into the ocean. Team Surfari also presented three surfboards to the Mayor and Doribel (Community leader in Astillero) which will be used to start the “Surfers for a Clean Astillero” program. The three boards will be kept at the local fish co-op and will be available for rental to any kid that brings in a 55 gallon bag of trash collected off of the beach or roadside. If anyone is interested in donating boards to the program, they can contact us at surfaricharters@hotmail.com. The entire event was the first of its kind, and we believe a very important step to ensuring long term environmental protection of Nicaragua.
























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