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Rubbish on Welsh coastline 'falling'

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All countries within the UK saw an increase in the amount of rubbish found on the coastline - except Wales where levels dropped after a record rise the previous year.

The Marine Conservation Society says more than 8,000 plastic bottles were collected on beaches from Orkney to the Channel Islands.

This averaged 160 bottles per mile or 99 bottles per kilometre cleaned.

Beach water quality improvement 'great news' for Wales

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Wales Programme Manager, Gill Bell, says she hopes the latest figures on Welsh beach water quality will be a boost to tourism in Wales.

The MCS has recommended 109 out of 152 Welsh beaches tested during last summer as having excellent water quality - that's 11 more than the previous year.

It's great news that we are able to recommend so many beaches for excellent water quality and it shows just how good Welsh beaches can be. The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather.

Most people don't realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality, but this has really been highlighted in the last few years. 2008, 2009 and 2012 were, according to the Met Office, amongst the wettest summers on record since 1910, and fewer UK bathing waters met minimum and higher water quality standards because of increased pollution running off rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers.

Visitors to the Good Beach Guide will now be able to see really up to date information. We've supported the development of forecast systems that provide information about when water quality is likely to be temporarily poor.

But these predictions are no replacement for improvements and so Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and local authorities must continue to improve sewerage infrastructure and reduce diffuse pollution so that eventually we will only need such warnings during and after exceptionally wet weather.

– Gill Bell, Marine Conservation Society Wales Programme Manager


More Welsh beaches receive 'top water quality award'

Rhossili Bay in South Wales Credit: PA

One of Wales' driest summers in recent memory has resulted in more bathing beaches than last year being recommended for their excellent water quality in the annual 'Good Beach Guide' launched online today.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recommended 109 out of 152 beaches tested during last summer as having excellent water quality - that's 11 more than the previous year.

There was also one less failure than the previous year, with just four beaches tested last summer failing to reach minimum water quality standards.

Woman in critical condition after Cefn Sidan rescue

The women were thought to have been cut off by the tide at around 5pm Credit: ITV News

Two women have been rescued after being cut off by the sea on the coast of Carmarthenshire.

Police, coastguards and the RNLI were called to Cefn Sidan beach just before 5pm yesterday evening.

One woman, said to be in a critical condition, was airlifted by the RAF to Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

The other was taken by ambulance to West Wales General Hospital.

Aberavon beach at Port Talbot littered with debris

The stormy weather has left carnage in its wake on Aberavon beach Credit: Russel Lewis
Among the damage left by the weather was this twisted fence Credit: Russel Lewis
Aberavon beach near Port Talbot has been littered with debris Credit: Russel Lewis
A big clean up operation will be needed after the debris left on the beach Credit: Russel Lewis

Beach visitors reassured about algae

Noctiluca marine algae appear bright orange. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales is reassuring visitors to some North Wales beaches that bright orange-coloured water is not pollution.

It says it's a type of seasonal marine algae.

Officers have been testing the water at Penmaenmawr beach and have identified the early signs of an algal bloom.

There are reports Reports that the orange colour is visible at Llandudno and may also be present on other beaches in North Wales.

The Noctiluca marine algae, also known as Sea Sparkle, is common across the Welsh coastline during this time of year, and is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

The orange colour can be even more pronounced at night as it appears to glow in the dark.

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