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Beach clean-up of a different kind

201510 Clean4ShoreEleven volunteers of "The Glen" and Macmasters Beach SLSC took action through the Clean4Shore program: Not to fill clean-up bags with the usual plastic bottles and cigarette butts, but to make 6-8 tonnes of dumped oyster products disappear from Fox Bay in NSW. On 60 short metres of beach three giant piles of tar covered hardwood, metal drums, plastic oyster mesh, gas bottles, car tyres, boat hull parts and shade cloth were waiting for the right opportunity to be relocated from the coast to their more natural habitat - the Woy Woy tip.

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International Coastal Clean Up Day

201509 ICCSaturday morning at Manly Cove was a rockin’ success! Tangaroa Blue Foundation joined Manly Sea Life Sanctuary in their International Coastal Clean Up Day, kicking the school holidays off with a great start.

The 250 metre beach was filled with volunteers joining together to beachcomb Manly Cove, removing any debris in their path. The major pollutants were found to be micro plastics – with over 800 pieces collected!

Next on the list of yucky pollutants were cigarette butts, with over 700 collected! Single-use plastic food packaging followed on the list with over 523 plastic wraps, containers and packets collected, and this number doesn’t even include the 41 plastic bags collected as well. The last, but certainly not least major category represented was straws, with over 280 straws removed from just this 250 metre beach.

Manly Cove is now much safer for marine life and cleaner for residents and visitors to enjoy safely! What an awesome day of effort we had, many hands certainly made for light work. Thanks to all who helped make the day a success!

NSW Storms Flush Out Litter

201505 gosfordVolunteers from Macmasters Beach Surf Club spent their morning on Wednesday the 6th of May surveying foreshore areas for litter density. The volunteers covered specific areas from Kincumber Creek and Empire Bay through to Yattalunga.

The survey identified areas that had reasonably low levels of litter, to areas that included very high levels of debris. In one particular area that was surveyed, over 100 oyster trays were found, which is unfortunately a familiar story for Clean4Shore volunteers.

The Clean4Shore program has already conducted countless litter cleanups within the Gosford area, removing hundreds of kilos of debris from local waterways. This survey will help the program participants focus their efforts, and will allow them to target priority sites for future foreshore cleanup activities.

1 Tonne from 200m for Foreshore!

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The Clean4shore team headed across to Narara Creek and Fagans Bay along the Brisbane Waters estuary on 16th April with a group from Dimension Data.

An enormous 104 bags were filled, plus bulk items weighing a total of 1 tonne from just 200m of foreshore and mangrove!

Funding support from Gosford City Council

This was day four for the Dimension Data team, who travelled by train from Sydney to Gosford Railway Station to be picked up by Clean4shore. The group assembled at Gosford Sailing Club, completed equipment check and a safety briefing before boarding oyster grower, Simon Funnel's barge. The weather turned a perfect sunny day, the calm before the storms that occured the following week!

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Another 400kg from Brisbane Waters!

201504erina1A very keen group of nine clients and staff from Response Training and the same number from Macmasters Beach Surf Club headed to Erina Creek in the Brisbane Waters for the Clean4Shore's first clean-up of Erina Creek on April 9th.

The team were immediately met by a mountain of rubbish including beer bottles and lots of plastic within the thick mangroves. The team collected everything that they could reach, and at times it was extremely difficult to retrieve along this 800 metre section from the boat ramp to Patemans Road.

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