MNS Marine SIG organises beach cleanups in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day – either a day trip and/or over two nights three days. Often the itinerary includes activities like snorkelling and SCUBA diving.
In 2011, the Malaysian Nature Society assisted the Maritime Institute of Malaysia’s (MIMA) in its year-long Clean Coast Index for Cleanliness Assessment of Coastal Areas in Malaysia (CCI) which revealed the less-than-desirable state of the cleanliness of Malaysian beaches by studying the litter collected.
In 2012, MNS Marine SIG adopted MIMA’s sampling methodology for its future beach cleanups. Its first CCI study coincided with the World Oceans Day (WOD) snorkel and dive programme with Scuba Schools International (SSI) at Pulau Perhentian Besar.
Although the CCI study was initially an activity associated with WOD, future International Coastal Cleanup Days will incorporate CCI as part of the beach cleanup. It is hoped that the data will provide authorities reasons to adopt policies to maintain beach cleanliness for tourism and marine wildlife protection.