Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on volunteers for the 9th Annual Winter Beach Cleanup Saturday, Feb. 9 at four Coastal Bend beaches. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

The locations participating in the Winter Beach Cleanup are:

Rockport Beach, at the Rockport Beach Park Pavilion. Contact Kerry Goodall for more information at 361-729-6661 or via e-mail at kerry.goodall@texasadoptabeach.org

Port Aransas, at Avenue G at the beach. Contact Deno Fabrie at 361-749-0256 or via e-mail at deno.fabrie@texasadoptabeach.org

Corpus Christi Beach, at the Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. Contact Kara Hahn at 361-881-1259 or via e-mail at kara.hahn@texasadoptabeach.org.

Padre Island National Seashore, at the Malaquite Visitor Center, 20420 Park Road 22. Contact Buzz Botts at 361-949-8068 or via e-mail at buzz.botts@texasadoptabeach.org.

The Winter Beach Cleanup is one of three all-volunteer seasonal cleanups coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office.

Each year, Texas’ beaches receive large amounts of marine debris due to a convergence of currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up enough trash to fill a line of dump trucks 90 miles long, making it one of the most successful volunteer programs in the nation. Volunteers record data on the trash to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline.

The Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach program is funded primarily by private contributions. To help out, or for more information, call the Adopt-A-Beach program at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our Web site at http://www.texasadoptabeach.org.