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Recently CYMOT hosted its annual corporate fishing competition at Henties Bay and the aim of the competition wasn’t only to see who could pull out the biggest fish, but also who could collect the most trash from the beach.

The champion of the collection was a twelve-year0old boy from Walvis Bay – Marck van der Merwe. He walked away with a generous prize of N$6000 because of his efforts.

On the first day of the two-day competition he brought in eleven bags of rubbish that he collected along the beach at Henties Bay. Its weight was 51kg. On the second day he brought in a further seven bags, adding another 33kg to the scale.

He was part of the EBH Namibia team who each took home a certificate for being the ‘biggest cleaners’ in the competition.

The Namibian angling union decided in 2014 to make clean beaches a part of angling competitions. All registered anglers are asked to make sure they clean up their angling spot when they leave the beach. This is what sparked the idea for the trash collection initiative as part of the corporate angling competition.

Rent a Drum joined in and made sure there was enough trash cans and trash bags available to the people taking part in the collection. They also donated N$6000 to those taking part in the competition.

Wesco donated 250 trash bags for bait remains and EBH Namibia sponsored the N$6000 that Marck won.

The rubbish count after the competition was: Day 1 – 43 bags weighing 174kg. Day 2- 38 bags weighing 169kg. Total – 81 bags weighing 343kg, all collected on the beach.

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