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What an EPIC Clean up - No Plastic Please!

201403 EPIC2014 SST0464 lowThe invite had stated that all participants needed to bring their own refillable waterbottles and that we were going to have a waste free BBQ, and after the waste audit, it all made sense! As part of their annual EPIC Day  (Environment, People, Industry and Community), workers from Laing O'Rourke joined forces with Two Hands Project and Living Ocean for the 3rd year.

We chose the same site as last year at the edge of Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia, and with this new group of volunteers we dug in and collected over 1750 pieces of marine debris! This is the spot where the infamous Cooks River meets the Tasman Sea, and much of the debris enters the river system and ultimately the ocean from stormwater drains from many kilometres inland. Amongst it the usual suspects found during the clean up were 92 plastic bottletops, 135 plastic bottles, 258 plastic food wrappers, 55 shopping bags, 42 foam cups and 103  aluminum cans! The complete data will go into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database to help find practical solutions that prevent marine debris in our environment.

Cogra Bay Residents Join the Clean Up Effort

20140310 Cogra Bay 3As part of the Hawkesbury River Foreshore Porgram, school students have been helping to remove massive amounts of marine debris from the river, but today the Cogra Bay locals joined the effort to remove large bukl items from the environment.

Wth the help of local oyster grower Rob Moxham and the Gosford City Council, volunteers started early to beat the falling tide.

Three fiberglass speedboats were cut up with a chain saw and stacked on the jetty ready for loading. A large 30 foot ply cruiser, was BBQed, the week prior, with all metal pieces removed from the rubble and placed on the jetty.

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11 Volunteers - 1 Day - 3.2 tonnes of Debris Removed!

20131126 KincumberToday was set as a mission to remove all the bulk oyster product from the collection site at Kincumber Creek as part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean Up Program!

With the help of local oyster grower, Simon Funnel and representatives from the Department of Fisheries, Oceanwatch Australia, Gosford City Council and volunteers from Macmasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club 3.2 tonne of debris was removed from this river site in just 3 hours!

The falling tide placed emphasis on getting in early, as the barge would not negotiate the shallow muddy waters, at the front of the bulk site which held many submerged metal based oyster trays (100 plus) and needs professional removal.

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Oyster Growers and The Glen Team at Kincumber Creek

201310 Warren Brown oyster productThe Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program has identified disposed oyster product as a large percentage of the marine debris pulled out of the Brisbane Waters area. But with the help of local oyster growers, local schools and community groups such as The Glen Aboriginal Men's Group, many tonnes of this debris has been removed over the year.

Early in October was another clean-up effort where Simon Funnel (oyster grower) joined up with 18 members of The Glen to fill three council trucks, weighing 3 tonne of debris - an awesome effort!

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Sea creatures star in locally made movies

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Marine creatures living beneath the waters of Port Stephens are the stars of a series of short YouTube style videos produced by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

This great new resource, called Ocean Survivors: protecting our rare and threatened marine species, available as a free DVD or via YouTube, provides an insight into some rare footage of local marine life, focusing on threatened species of Soft Coral, Black Cod, Turtles and White Sharks.

Brian Hughes, Coastal and Marine Officer for the CMA, said most of the footage used in the videos was taken as part of real-life research projects the CMA has been working on in partnership with the Marine Park, University of Technology, Sydney and the CSIRO.

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