Like other Texas coastal communities, Rockport is facing financial, environmental and aesthetic problems caused by loose plastic shopping bags. With much of the city’s economy based on tourism and fishing, the bags detract from the overall scenery and the experiences of visitors who come to fish, view whooping cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, dine at waterfront restaurants and enjoy the vibrant art scene.
When we gave a presentation on plastic trash at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor in March, the enthusiasm and desire for change among the audience was so strong that they asked if they could become part of Skip the Plastic. With the approval of our team leaders, we gladly accepted and welcomed our Rockport friends who are now officially known as Skip the Plastic – Rockport. With greater numbers and a wider influence, we’ll work together to tackle the problems caused by plastic trash in the Coastal Bend.