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Swan River Plastic Resin Pellet Report

2010 pellets1Plastic resin pellets are ubiquitous in the marine environment and as a micro plastic pollutant they are readily available to a large proportion of the marine food web. Their harm potential comes firstly from ingestion causing blockages, obstructions and a false sense of satiation leading to starvation.

Fish, birds and turtles have all been recorded as having ingested pellets. (1) Their second harm potential comes from their capacity over time to absorb persistent organic pollutants such as the pesticide DDT and its derivative DDE along with other hydrophobic chemicals. (2) Limited research has been carried out on the bio availability of these absorbed chemicals on pellets once ingested. Indications are that bio availability is possible and one consequence of this would be disruption of an organism's endocrine system. (3)

In 2008 Tangaroa Blue Foundation conducted surveys of sites along the west coast to assess the presence of plastic resin pellets. One of the outcomes of these surveys was the identification of a possible source at Fremantle Port and or in the Swan River. (4) A follow up survey of Swan River sites was conducted In June 2010 and the findings are the subject of this report.

2009 SWMDP Technical Report

The 2009 South West Marine Debris Project Technical Report is now available to download.

Many thanks to Wally Smith for his continuing hard work on processing the data.

Jurien Bay Marina Clean Up Report Jan 2010

On Saturday January 30th, a dedicated group of sixteen people gathered together to clean up the area around the Jurien Bay Marina. This followed a meeting last November in which a Coast Care Group was formed to help look after the beach and adjoining areas each side of town.

By the time the job was completed, about 11.00am, something like three cubic metres of rubbish had been collected, of which an estimated 75% had come from fishing boats. Plastic wrapping from bait boxes, hundreds of metres of ropes made up the main lot of rubbish, along with drink cans and bottles, plastic containers, both food and beverage types. Among the more disgusting finds were disposable nappies, apparently thrown overboard and washed ashore.

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Conservation Volunteers Broome, Western Australia

2010 Broome CVAConservation Volunteers is Australia's leading practical conservation organisation.

Since 1982 Conservation Volunteers has fulfilled its mission to attract and manage a force of volunteers in practical conservation projects for the betterment of the Australian environment.

Between November and Febuary CVA Broome, as part of its Wild Future program, commences several marine turtle projects, focusing on the nesting activity of the flatback turtle (Natator depressus) on Cable Beach, Eco Beach and 80 Mile Beach. The Eco Beach Project was carried out in conjunction with the Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat and the two 80 Mile Beach projects with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). Marine debris studies have been an important part of this work and our CVA volunteer teams are happy to have made a huge contribution in cleaning up our beautiful beaches here in the north-west of WA.

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2008 South West Marine Debris Project Report to the Minister

2008 SWBCU1The 2008 South West Marine Debris Project Report to the Minister aims to provide an update of our research findings and a list of recommendations which focus on reducing the amount of marine debris being found in local waters.

Thanks to the many government agencies and organisations for funding and support, enabling us to continue the South West Marine Debris Project.

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