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Darwin Harbour Clean-up a success!

2015DHCUThe sixth Darwin Harbour Clean-Up saw over 150 people working across eight sites on land and eight on the water, with 18 boats working around the Harbour on June 26th.

“This year an estimated total of 1.2 tonne of rubbish was collected, with some of the top items including 3,300 cigarettes butts, 3,132 metres of fishing line, 1,656 bits of broken hard plastic, 9 shopping trolleys and 13 lost or abandoned recreational crab pots,” said Northern Territory Seafood Council, Project Officer, Ms Lyn Lambeth.

“Some of the odder things collected this year were an actual pair of thongs – usually we only get singles – a toy story suitcase, a homemade porta loo and what appeared to be drug deal bags marked with a dragon,” Ms Lyn Lambeth, went on to say.

“The overall weight and number of items collected was down from previous years; this could be due to a number of reasons; including previous Darwin Harbour Clean-Ups removing old rubbish, strong winds hampering boat access and a reduction in the amount of rubbishing entering the harbour,” stated Ms Lambeth.

“The seafood industry depends on a healthy marine environment,” said Ms Lambeth. “Rubbish can lead to wildlife entanglement, animals mistaking plastic for food, microplastics entering the food chain or vessel propeller fouling, so any rubbish in the sea is a concern,” stated Ms Lambeth.

This was the sixth annual Darwin Harbour Clean-Up and, as with the previous five years, it was strongly supported by private businesses, community groups, government agencies, non-government organisations and the general community.

“The Darwin Harbour Clean-Up is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the sources and effects of rubbish ending up in the sea and to encourage everyone to ‘bin it or take it with you’,” Ms Lambeth went on to say.

The 2015 Darwin Harbour Clean-Up is organised by the Northern Territory Seafood Council and supported by Territory Natural Resource Management through funding from the Australian Government. Further funding, resources, staff and volunteers are provided by numerous supporters and participants.

2015 PROJECT SUPPORTERS AND PARTICIPANTS
Amateur Fishermen’s Association NT
Australian Marine Conservation Society
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
Belyuen Community
Broadsword Marine
City of Darwin
Commercial Fishing Industry
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Crocodile Tears
Darwin Fish Market
Darwin Port Corporation
Department of Defence
Department of Lands and Planning
Department of Transport
Duck About Tours
Ichthys Project
Indo Pacific Marine
INPEX
Kenbi Rangers
Larrakia Rangers
Mr Barra
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
NAILSMA
Natural Wonders Australia
Northern Land Council
Northern Territory Seafood Council
NT Department of Land Resource Management
NT Fisheries
NT Water Police
Parks and Wildlife
Paspaley Pearls
Sea Darwin Eco Tour
SeaLink Northern Territory
Surf Life Saving NT
Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Territory Natural Resource Management
Territory Wildlife Park
The Wagaitear
Wagait Beach Community
Wagait Beach Supermarket
Wagait Shire Council