A group of environmentally aware Wexford residents are cleaning up the county's coasts, one step at time.
Led by Emmet Fahy, the 'Wexford Estuary Clean Coasts Group' is a volunteer organisation concerned with tackling the growing issue of litter and dumping along our coastline.
'We carry out monthly clean-ups of the beaches, strands and harbours in and around Wexford Estuary,' said Emmet. 'We're part of An Taisce's 'Clean Coasts' campaign and they, along with Wexford County Council, supply us with bags, gloves and litter pickers. We also work with Wexford Tidy Towns where possible.'
In its most recent operation a number of adults and children took to Ferrycarrig Tower and Strand, painstakingly combing the beach over the course of a long morning and removing 20 refuse bags worth of rubbish.
'Most of the material collected was washed up by the tide. However there was significant litter found too. A lot of what people drop at the roadside ends up in our estuaries and seas,' said Emmet. 'Also, we would like to highlight the irresponsible placing of hundreds of used tyres at points around the estuary; apparently by fishermen collecting crabs.
'This is illegal and environmentally damaging. We urge the council to do more to prevent such practices and to remove these where possible. Fishermen can surely find a more environmentally sustainable way to catch crabs?'
Those interested in joining 'Wexford Estuary Clean Coasts Group' on one of their projects can find out more via the group's Facebook page.