Fishermen can also be careless or just unlucky, with their gear being swept out to sea and coming back to be debris on the beach, although leaving their beer bottles and other rubbish is not careless but thoughtless.
How can we help stop this debris reaching our shores. Well we can stop buying things that are covered in plastic or if you cannot avoid it, make sure it is recycled properly and if you are on a beach, take it home with you or put in the correct bin on the beach.
Stop using plastic supermarket bags or plastic bags from anywhere. There are plenty of cheap, material alternatives that you can tuck in your handbag. Better still, buy a nice handmade basket and keep the basket making industry alive and thriving. We do not need plastic bags.
On the beach, if you bring food to eat, make sure you dispose of the packaging or leftovers responsibly. You would not want to step in someone's leftovers would you? Nor would you want anyone to end up with a disease from stepping on a broken bottle you have carelessly (or drunkenly) left on the sand.
So anyone who has some spare time on Saturday 30 March, who cares about our beautiful coastline, come along to Praia Pequena (inbetween Praia Grande and Praia das Macas) near Colares, Sintra and lend a hand. Or, check out www.initiativesoceanes.org or www.surfrider.eu who are also on Facebook as Ocean Initiatives Surfrider Foundation Europe, to see whether you could organise one of your own wherever you live. Thank you.