The event marked the 2018 International Coastal Clean-up Day and amplified the need to safeguard the ocean from plastic contamination.
A press release said US Consul General Robert Burgess, Mylapore MLA R Nataraj, Indian Maritime Foundation vice president Captain S Krishnamurthi and University of Georgia, associate professor Jenna Jambeck addressed volunteers including US consulate staff and families, merchant mariners, students, and members of civil society.
Robert Burgess picked up trash alongside others and applauded the partner organisations and volunteers for their commitment to cleaning the beach. He said, "It takes a community effort to protect our environment, which includes putting in place waste management practices that reduce the flow of plastic and solid waste into our ocean."
Jenna Jambeck, said, "We hope from these clean-ups we can collect data on items found that can inform upstream interventions for litter source reduction. This data informs policy-makers, like those in Tamilnadu, to ban single-use plastic items that are so commonly washed to sea."