Ghost nets - a deadly catch!

201509 Mapoon2A group of volunteers and rangers have removed over 3.5 tonnes of rubbish from a remote beach in Cape York. An 800kg ghost net was one of the many items to have washed up on Mapoon Back Beach in the past year. This annual 5-day clean-up was run as part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, combining teams from Tangaroa Blue, Conservation Volunteers Australia and My Pathways, as well as Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers from Mapoon, Djunbunji, and Thamarrurr in the Northern Territory.


Join the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up!

GBRMPA Cherry Muddle newsletterJoin volunteers from across Queensland this October and help reduce marine debris in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. The inaugural Great Barrier Reef Clean-up kicks off in Townsville on October 17th as part of the Celebrate the Reef community day. More clean-ups will then occur the following weekend (24th & 25th October) in other coastal locations stretching from Cape York to Bundaberg.

This October don’t let your litter bug our Reef — join the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up and help reduce marine debris on this iconic natural wonder.


Highway litter into the GBR!

LIPS YULEOn Wednesday the 5th of August, Low Isles Preservation Society (LIPS) joined with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Parley for the Oceans to address the heavy pollution levels at Yule Point, a stunning mangrove lined beach just south of Port Douglas.

As an organisation that is focused on preserving the small island paradise that is the Low Isles, LIPS members were concerned that due to the severe littering problem at Yule Point, a king tide or large rain event would deliver that debris to the waters surrounding the Low Isles.


Fishing Iine v's Birds

2015 The SpitAs a wildlife rescuer who specialises in catching 'flight capable' birds I am acutely aware of the risk posed by any length of fishing line that has been carelessly dropped on the ground. Discarded line is a primary cause of  entanglement amongst foraging birds. Once wrapped around a foot or leg the line tightens, then it's only a matter of time before it amputates the affected limb, leaving the bird maimed or causing death by infection. Last year on the Gold Coast I caught and disentangled more than 100 birds.

Photo: Rowley Goonan from Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast with some of the kilometres of fishing line he collects from the Gold Coast foreshore every year.


Reduction of Marine Debris Destruction at Orpheus Island

2015 OrpheusA team of 14 ambitious volunteers with the Orpheus Clean-Up Project combed the shores of Orpheus Island from July 9 to July 11, collecting up to 850 kilograms of rubbish and plastic pollutants from two sites — Fig Tree and Big Rock Bays. Both beaches face exposed to the open ocean waves carrying in tons of man-made pollutants.

The team collected 383kg of plastic consumer, packaging and fishing items, as well as 16,000+ remnants. An additional 77kg of rope and net strikes on irresponsible fishing practices. A total of 400 pieces of foam accounted for 6kg of the overall weight, with rubber items including footwear, toys, tyres and remnants equating to 215kg, and metal items weighing in at 50 kilograms.