Despite the cool and foggy weather, an estimated 100 people from Marin and San Francisco Counties showed up Saturday to pick up and remove trash from Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. The Marine Mammal Center has been leading this beach cleanup every year since 1996 as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year, nearly 300 pounds of trash were removed from the beach. Today, volunteers of all ages paired up in groups and filled their bags full of debris such as plastic wrappers, paper and cigarette butts. Two citizens found a 6-7 foot long heavy rubber mat that had washed ashore as well as a tire and rubber tubing. Others waded into Rodeo Lagoon with nets in hand to extract floating garbage.
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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/