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With more than 1,500 miles of coastline, Massachusetts is home to a variety of beaches, harbors, shipyards, and trails. It has shorelines suitable for fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking, or to simply enjoy the fresh air.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy these various recreational activities with family and friends. July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week, a good time to learn about Massachusetts coastal areas and how to maintain and improve the shoreline.

Costal Recreation

Wondering where to find the best beaches on Cape Cod, where you can bring your dog, or which hiking trails have the best views? Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) publishes a magazine focused on coastal recreation, camping, whale watching, bird watching, and more.

Did you know Massachusetts shares its coastal waters with sea turtles, hundreds of species of plants, sea creatures, and their marine habitats? It is imperative that we don’t ruin the environment with our recreational fun.

Tips for Protecting Massachusetts Beaches

In order to continue exploring and enjoying the Bay State’s beautiful shoreline, it’s crucial we help protect and improve it the best we can. These simple practices will lead to healthy costal habits and help keep coastal waters cleanfor all:

  • Stay off the dunes – Avoid further erosion or damage to the beach grass and shrubbery.
  • Keep the water clean – Always pick up pet waste and use public restrooms.
  • Leave wildlife wild – They have very specifics needs for survival and disturbing them can cause them harm.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – Threatened and endangered shorebirds are extremely vulnerable to foot and vehicle traffic, and can often be found by beachgoers. Please take care not to disturb them.
  • Don’t litter – Animals can be killed or injured if they become entangled in trash.

COASTSWEEP is an annual statewide coastal cleanup event aimed to raise awareness and clean Massachusetts beaches. In addition to this weeklong initiative, there are also a number of scheduled beach cleanups across the Commonwealth for which citizens can volunteer.

Environmentally Friendly Boating

Using and maintaining boats can have an impact on the environment as well. With minimal effort and expenses, boaters can help keep coastal waters clean and healthy.

For example, simple clean boating practices for handling fuel and oil, sewage and gray water, boat cleaning, and maintenance can reduce the after-effects of boating.

Every effort to help clean and protect Massachusetts’ coastline can help. Being more conscious and responsible of your recreational activities can make a difference… Do your part this Clean Beaches Week to ensure residents and visitors can enjoy Massachusetts’s spectacular coastline for generations to come!

Have a favorite beach in Massachusetts or a favorite coastal activity? Share below or tweet us, @MassGov.

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