SAS Call For A Halt To ‘Sewage Related Debris’ On World Toilet Day
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; SAS Demand That Producers Of Sanitary Products Ensure Consumers ‘Think Before They Flush’
To mark the 10th anniversary of World Toilet Day, clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) are releasing the results of an undercover ‘Think Before You Flush’ investigation that has seen SAS ‘Secret Shoppers’ scour the high street stores for sanitary items whose packaging does not carry appropriate disposal information (such as the ‘Bag It And Bin It, Don’t Flush It’ icon). SAS believe this information is nothing more... Read more
Woolacombe and Saunton Beach Lovers Turn Out In Force
SAS's excellent Autumn continued on the weekend of the 12th & 13th of November at beautiful Woolacombe and Saunton Beaches. Over 150 volunteers joined us in glorious sunshine and helped to remove almost half a tonne of marine litter from this amazing stretch of coastline.
Woolacombe: Beautiful weather and perfect waves provided the prefect backdrop for the first of our Autumn Beach Clean series in collaboration with the Crown Estate. Sadly we were also greeted by a long, long strandline full of ocean microplastics and mermaids tears. 51 volunteers helped us to remove 96kg of... Read more
Surfers Save Challaborough
Today we are stoked to announce a resounding Protect Our Waves victory to safeguard the surfing waves of Challaborough, Devon. Today the Planning Inspectorate could have been deciding the future of the waves at Challaborough. However, we contested the proposal to dump rock armoury on Challaborough beach, mobilised the local surfing community and ensured their concerns over this inappropriate coastal defence scheme were heard just in time.
Over a thousand local surfers, waveriders and beach users signed our Protect Our Waves (POW) petition to the Planning Inspectorate opposing the dumping of rock armoury on the beach as this... Read more
Community Events Protecting North Devon’s Surf Heritage.
We are delighted to be working with The Crown Estate on our all new North Devon Beach Clean Series, which will take place this November. We are calling for community beach clean volunteers to help protect some of north Devon’s finest beaches and surf spots. Everyone is welcome so we look forward to seeing SAS members, supporters, environmentalists, families, local surfing and watersports clubs joining us – the whole local beach-loving community in fact!
“Its amazing to see a real concentrated beach clean campaign right here in North Devon. We have some of the country’s... Read more
During this year’s bathing season Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have sent out 37,056 free, real time text alerts when raw sewage has been discharged from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Although most of the beaches in SAS’s Sewage Alert Service are Blue Flag beaches there were still an alarming amount of sewage spills, with Bournemouth Pier registering 16 spills in just 20 weeks over the summer. The Sewage Alert Service lets beach users make informed decisions about how, when and where they use the sea. 1,841 beach users signed up for SAS’s free text around the UK and the most popular... Read more
IMPORTANT - SEWAGE ALERT FEEDBACK.
We urgently need your feedback on the Sewage Alert Service. Since May the 15th we’ve sent out almost 30,000 free text messages warning you in real time, when sewage is in the sea. Defra and the water industry are preparing to evaluate how effective these warnings are. They are especially interested to know if these sewage alerts influenced how, where and when you used the sea. Take 2 minutes and follow this link to the survey. Your feedback is vital in securing even more beaches for 2012 and beyond! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QT8HD93
THANKS for your... Read more
Over the weekend the Isle of Wight (IoW) community came out in force to protect Freshwater Bay from an inappropriate proposed harbour development. The public meeting hall was standing room only as hundreds of locals registered their concerns.
The meeting was called to gauge the public feeling for a proposed harbour wall that would destroy one of the IoW’s best waves, Freshwater Bay. The meeting was chaired by a local councillor who was in favour of the development. However, the locals ensured there was no mistaking the deep feeling within the community against any such proposals. During the meeting several votes... Read more
Protect Our Wave Action Needed On The Isle of Wight!
A classic right hander called Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight’s (IoW) is under threat from a proposed harbour development. Freshwater is a great wave and SAS are calling on all surfers and waveriders for an urgent show of support at a public meeting at 7pm on Sunday the 25th of September at the Sandpiper Hotel (IoW).
The proposal identifies surfers as the only group the development will impact but then tries to play down the impact by implying the concerns of surfers are unimportant as they only “use the... Read more
This weekend will see SAS’s 4th annual Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Tour hit Northern Ireland for the last stop of this year's tour. This year SAS & Barefoot Wine have together already visited13 locations across the UK ensuring they are as clean and safe as possible for all to enjoy. The tour has one final date so make sure you join us if you can!
SAS and Barefoot Wine are calling on community volunteers to help clean beaches at locations around the country as part of the growing wave of grassroots activism protecting some of the UK’s finest beaches. To date, the... Read more
SAS Safer Shipping Campaign Alert
At approximately 04:30am this morning (3rd Of August), the 9,000 tonne cargo ship the Karin-Schepers, sailing under a Flag of Convenience , ran aground on a beach to the east of Pendeen Lighthouse, off the pristine Cape Cornwall coastline. Cornish maritime agencies initially feared the worst, not least because the ship was carrying a potentially devastating cargo of harmful substances and 300-400 tonnes of diesel fuel. However the captain was able to refloat the ship using the rising tide and ballast tank adjustment.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed that the ship was able to continue on its route in the... Read more