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Collective effort

I just read the article ‘Doing our Bit’ (YM, December 2021).

Would it be timely for Yachting Monthly to encourage this type of behaviour and use your position to push sailors to do more?

My partner and I have been cruising Scotland for the last two summers and have been appalled at the amount of plastic rubbish on many of the beaches and inlets. Most of this rubbish is quite clearly from the fishing industry. Could you suggest that all cruisers make an effort to go ashore from their anchorage and fill at least one bin bag with plastic rubbish? These can be taken ashore at the next convenient marina or harbour. Perhaps local fishermen or fish farm companies could get involved by collecting the bags from the beaches and taking them to a rubbish collection point.

If everyone did this what a difference it could make. Jay Partridge YM editor Theo Stocker responds: Jay is absolutely right that sailors have unique access to many remote coastlines inaccessible to those confined

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