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Brisbane Waters Oyster Dumping Never Ending

201309 Martin Shevels and the teamPelican Island was the target area for the day's clean-up, and with the help of the Brisbane Waters Secondary College Support Unit and Simon (a local oyster farmer), another huge amount of debris and oyster farming debris was removed from the river system.

The Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program has been tackling this debris for almost two years, and the amount of debris particularly from some oyster farms is never ending!

With high tide a change in venue was agreed, and the group headed to the inner bay within Pelican Island where a large amount of oyster product was immediately sighted.  The IRB was left in deeper water as the barge drifted into the end of the bay and bulk oyster product was quickly loaded by the Support Unit. Trays of all size and ages were gathered.

Large amounts of beer bottles were also collected by the group, approx. 450 bottles were easily estimated Four derelict timber oyster barges are swamped in this section of the bay. One was loaded with very old oyster trays and shadecloth and masses of plastic bags and odd items were located on the tidal marks.

The falling tide and fatigue levels of the students prompted a quick exit, so back to the ramp for unloading of a massive 840kgs, which was deposited at Woy Woy Tip, plus seven car tyres taken to bulk storage.

Great effort by these students, with several year twelve students on their last foreshore outing. Two years on the project, high recommendations from community organisations!

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Graham Johnston 0411184642
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