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Skateboards from Fishing Trash? Beach Cleanup Saturday will Explain

The skateboards are cool, you can brag to your friends but the real story is how a group of entrepreneurs are finding creative solutions to the severe problem of ocean trash.

Photo Courtesy: Bureo Skateboards (www.bureoskateboards.com)
Photo Courtesy: Bureo Skateboards (www.bureoskateboards.com)
Bureo Skateboards makes skateboards out of recycled fishnet. 

The skateboards are cool, you can brag to your friends but the real story is how a group of entrepreneurs are finding creative solutions to the severe problem of ocean trash.

Meanwhile here in Newport — and the rest of Aquidneck Island — Clean Ocean Access and its volunteers have been spending countless hours hauling garbage and waste from our beaches. Each cleanup nets hundreds or thousands of pounds of trash and plenty of it is discarded fishing line, nets and gear. 

So the partnership between Bureo Skateboards and Clean Ocean Access this weekend is a natural pairing. Both are trying to promote better stewardship of the ocean. Both are taking action to make a difference. And together, they'll showcase the type of creative thinking needed to potentially stop the destruction of the sea.

For example, Bureo has created a recycling program for fishing gear. Some waste is inevitable in the industry, but "their program with local fisherman is a great way to make sure as little fishing gear enters the ocean," COA said in a release.

On Saturday, May 10, Clean Ocean Access is hosting a cleanup from 12 to 2 p.m. at Kings Beach Fishing Area on Ocean Drive in Newport and after the event in the early evening, there will be an environmental get together at Easton's Point Pub and Restaurant in Middletown.

There, they'll "bring everyone together to celebrate the accomplishments of the day time cleanup. Reggae Band “CAMERON and the Trent street Collaborative” will play soul, reggae, funk, roots music from 8PM to 10PM. This is a great event to get together with the community, make a difference in protecting our shoreline, meet like-minded folks and celebrate our accomplishments while raising awareness to the issues of marine debris and overall ocean health," according to an event posting.

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