The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the resources of Santa Monica Bay, held its annual “cleanup on kayaks” at Dock 52 in Marina del Rey Saturday, September 20th.

The event was part of Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day, which is said to be the largest single volunteer event in the world.

The Marina del Rey site is the only cleanup area where kayaks were used, according to organizers.

Last year, over 100 kayakers helped clean the beaches around the Marina. This year, there were approximately 130 kayakers.

The one-day event was open to both amateur and expert kayakers.

Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom and Los Angeles County Public Works Commissioner Paula Daniels joined the volunteers at Marina del Rey.

“We are very proud of our volunteers participating at our cleanup site, and we were very pleased to enrich their experience with this unique kayaking opportunity,” said Dr. Shelly Luce, executive director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation. “This day meant a lot to everyone in the Marina del Rey community and the marine life undoubtedly appreciated it too.”

Dock 52 was an especially crucial cleanup site because Marina del Rey harbors the largest number of small boats in the United States, said a spokesman.

As a result, the largest amount of waterborne waste and debris from boaters and visitors who come to the Marina each year.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the Santa Monica Bay through actions and partnerships that improve water quality, conserve and rehabilitate natural resources and protect the bay’s benefits and values.

Information, www.santamoni cabay.org/.

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