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Coastal Cleanup returning for 21st year

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Volunteers in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties are needed for the 21st-annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup to be held from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Oct. 17 in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup.

Gov. Haley Barbour recently signed a proclamation in support of the annual event organized by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force.

The Mississippi Coastal Cleanup is a Take Pride in America event. Part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps call to service, the Take Pride in America program is a national partnership established by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is an excellent opportunity for citizens and communities to demonstrate local pride, initiative and stewardship.

Registration deadline for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup is Oct. 1. Register on-line at www.mscoastalcleanup.org, or to obtain a registration form and sign up to volunteer call: (228) 467-9048 in Hancock County; (228) 324-9640 in Harrison County; (228) 762-3391 in Jackson County; (228) 938-6612 in Pascagoula; and, (228) 230-4118 for the Barrier Islands (requires boat).

During the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup, more than 390,000 volunteers in 104 countries removed 6.8 million pounds of debris from the ocean, rivers, lakes and waterways.

For more information visit the official Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Web site at www.mscoastalcleanup.org, or call the info line at 1-877-BEACH 05 (1-877-232-2405). Volunteers under age 21 must have their parents sign the registration form and fax or mail it back to participate.

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