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Coastlines Newsletter

The Coastlines Newsletter aims to bring Coast and Marine care groups and stakeholders throughout Western Australia, closer together, by informing them about what events, activities and projects are underway or have occurred around the WA coast. You can subscribe to WA Coastlines by emailing the State Coastwest Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Cleaning up our act - South West Marine Debris Project

A humpback whale calf caught in a fishing net, a turtle with 76 pieces of plastic in its intestines, a southern right whale with cray rope caught around its tail and a sea lion with packing tape strangling its throat.

Since 2004, dedicated volunteers have removed almost 100 000 pieces of marine debris from the southwest coastline preventing these items from killing more than 1.1 million seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles which are killed by marine debris each year.

This year, with the support of Coastwest, Keep Australia Beautiful Council, Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton and Augusta Margaret River shires, South West Catchments Council and hundreds of volunteers, the South-West Marine Debris Project will take our fight against marine debris to an even higher level."

Extract from the WA Coastlines Winter 2007 Newsletter. More for information please visit the Coastwest website.