Ian Holyoak Photography | Nevis Island 2013 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup

Nevis Island 2013 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup

September 23, 2013  •  2 Comments


Nevis Island, West Indies... known for its laid back, and non-commercial, fun and relaxed vibe. Nevis is a quiet remote place in the Caribbean unlike any other island. There is a real sense of community and harmony. It is a place where a friendly smile and wave are sincere and genuine.

When the World Ocean Conservancy announced Sept 21st 2013 as the international Beach Cleanup day, Community volunteers on Nevis stepped up once again to organize an island wide clean-up of the entire perimeter where the land touches the sea.

 Mrs. Joan Robinson, who was a director of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society at the time, was the first to organize the event in 1991. She did it for many years and Miriam Stout Knorr started helping her. Mrs. Robinson became ill and passed away.  Kay Loomis organized it one year and since then, Miriam has been Organizer for the last 12 years.

The Solid Waste Management Authority has been the organizations government partner from the beginning …they coordinate the collection of the reused food bags filled with litter along the Main Island Road and take them to the solid Waste facility without charging any tipping fee. In Previous years, Volunteers picked up over 7000 pounds and the savings was substantial.

The Minister of Tourism, The Hon Mark Brantley, came to assist with the cleanup and then speak to the crowd at the after Party Lunch. Miriam gave him a personal invitation to come along with the statistics from last year.

Gary Colt, Owner and Founder of Coconut Grove hosted the Lunch after-party for hundreds of hungry and thirsty volunteers at his restaurant located on Pinney’s Beach.

 None of this could have been possible without the generous sponsors of this event:

 IFG Trust Services,( the biggest donor for the last 5 years),

 Coconut Grove, Four Seasons, Valu Mart, Rams, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Carib Breweries, LIME, TDC, Super Foods, NHCS, Oualie Beach Hotel, Miriam and Greg Knorr, Becky and Woody Byrant, Nevis Hydroponic Gardens, Barbara and Sandy Littlepage, Karen Koch, Bonnie Berlinghoff , Zelly's Upholstery,  Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Star Charters, XPetrol Gas Station and E and F Gas Station.

The volunteers came from NGO's , churches, youth groups, hotels, restaurants, real estate companies,  off-shore companies schools and "friends of beaches".

St. Kitts has their own Ocean Conservancy coordinator, Andy Blanchete from the Dept. of Planning and Environment but Miriam organized 2 groups in St. Kitts to participate next Saturday when St. Kitts is having their cleanup.

St. Kitts

Operation Future-Bassesterre waterfront

Timothy Beach Hotel-Frigate Bay


Friends of Paradise Beach-Paradise Beach, Island Life to Nelson Spring

Dharmic Sabha Group-Road to Paradise Beach over to Paradisio

NHCS-Coconut Walk

Gingerland Secondary School-Coconut Walk

Ministry of Tourism-Windward Beach

Four Seasons-Pinney's Beach and Pinney's wetland

Four Seasons Resort-underwater, Pinney's Beach

Lyn Jeffer's School-Pinney's Beach

Charlestown 6th Form College-Pinney's Beach

Cadets-Tamarind Bay

Pink Lily, Nevis Press Group-Road to Pinney's Beach and restaurant and bar area

Brother Anslyn, Arthur English,   and Frank Morse-Gallow's Bay underwater

Girl Guides-Gallow's Bay

St. Theresa's Catholic Church-Charlestown graveyard and vendor's area

Nevis Turtle Group-Lover's Beach

Friends of Jones Bay-Jones Bay

Shekinah Dance Group-Bath Stream

Hope- Bath Stream,  by Main Island Road                                    

Friends of Oualie Beach Hotel-Oualie Beach Hotel

Oualie Beach Hotel-Airport Beach

Latitude Seventeen Crew-Windward Beach

Nisbet Plantation-Nisbet Plantation and Herbert's Beach

Sugar Mill Realty-Cliffdweller's Beach

Medical University of the Americas- Beach below the school

Mt. Nevis Hotel-Pizza Beach, the hotel's beach restaurant

The Honourable Alexis Jeffers,  Newcastle Marina

Associated Trustees Limited-Paradise Beach, ClaShaDel to Island Life

Jason Molle-Oualie Beach underwater 

Bank of Nevis-Hunkin's Drive, Charlestown waterfront

Gingerland Secondary School-Hunkin's Drive ,Charlestown waterfront

Friends of Paradise Beach-Nelson Spring Condo to Montpelier Beach

Nevis Turtle Group gets a special mention not only for their cleaup efforts, but also for their dedication to protecting Sea Turtles that come to nest on the beaches of Nevis. This young group led by Lemuel Pemberton has spent many sleepless nights, relocating nests which were in danger of beach erosion, as well as covering tracks left by nesting turtles. More to come in another blog, after spending some time with them late nights on the beach.

A Special Thanks to everyone who assisted in Making the 2013 Nevis Beach Cleanup as well as the after part a great success. If I missed you, I apologize and will edit this post after I receive all of the stats. Feel free to go to this gallery of images at my Website and download free full size resolution images.


Well-done Lan. Too good picture.
Isabel Byron(non-registered)
Super photos! Thanks Ian for giving our clean up such great coverage and crediting the hard work of the organizers, especially Miriam, she is wonderful. And thanks for mentioning Joan Robinson who gave so much to Nevis, still dearly missed.
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