Kayak ecotour brings unique cleanup effort to World Heritage Site

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A group of Japanese conservationists staged a week-long sea kayaking ecotour over the summer to pick up trash that washed ashore on Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula, putting people power to work to preserve the world heritage site.

The tide carries huge amounts of ocean debris which accumulates along the steep peninsula that juts out into the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. Although local governments and others are involved in current cleanup efforts, it has been difficult due to the delicate operation needed to protect the environment from further human harm.

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