On a recent hot and humid summer day, the St. Simon’s Island fishing pier offered some shade and a nice breeze for lots of people fishing and crabbing. But that wasn’t all they were doing. Many were smoking. And their cigarette butts had to go somewhere.

GPB Radio News
Aug. 9, 2018
By Emily Jones

“It was just surprising to us,” said Katy Smith of the UGA Marine Science Center, “when you would see people not only casting a fishing line but also flicking a cigarette butt in the water.”

All those butts end up on the ground or in the water. Lea King-Badyna of the environmental group Keep Golden Isles Beautiful said they add up quickly.

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