New South Wales

Marine Discovery Series - NSW Central Coast

201211 Terrigal thWhat do a pair of false teeth, 4696 thongs and an octopus night-light all have in common?

Well a Marine Discovery Series held along the NSW Central Coast between Terrigal and Salamander Bay will investigate that exact question from November 27 - 30th.

The CMA in partnership with Port Stephens Council is coordinating a FREE Marine Discovery Series event to explore the impact marine debris has on our local coastline and how we can help to reduce this problem. Guest Speaker Heidi Taylor co-founder and Managing Director of Tangaroa Blue Foundation, a registered charity focused on the health of our marine environment will talk about practical solutions that can improve our coastline.


Ca$h for Containers Campaign - NSW

20121001 Cash4ContainersShow your support for a nationwide campaign for cash deposits on beverage containers to help reduce litter and waste.

The Nation's environment ministers are meeting in June to make decisions about packaging regulation, including possible introduction of a nationwide container deposit scheme (CDS). CDS has proven successful in greatly reducing litter and promoting resource recovery around the world, including in South Australia for the past 35 years! Let's show the ministers we want it here too!


Mermaid Magic on 7 Mile Beach - Broken Head

20120311 BrokenHead7 Mile Beach at Broken Head, on NSW's northern coastline was a hive activity on Sunday 11th March, as the local Mermaid MerPod led a group of 49 volunteers including musician Jack Johnson and his family on a beach cleanup as part of ongoing events in the area.

The group had done a clean up at 7 Mile Beach in November 2011 when 200kg of debris was removed, and were curious as to how much they would find this time, and it turned out they had their work cut out for them!

With a total of 433kg collected in just one hour from 1.2km of beach, bags were transported back to Broken Head where the sorting and counting began, and volunteers were treated to a well earned BBQ lunch!


Oceanika Merpods Help Clean Up at 7 Mile Beach

20111126 BrokenHeadSaturday morning 26th November, saw a whole lot of fun happening at Broken Head and Seven Mile Beach. The Oceanika Merpod with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Revolve Your World partnered to organize and host a beach clean up. The morning was spent inspiring and educating the 35 or so children and adults who were happily cleaning up the beach.

I thought I was "aware" when it came to Ocean conservation and environmental issues. Seven Mile beach looks pristine to most people, myself included, but to my shock the amount of toxic debris on the beach was a massive wake up call. We have so much work to do! there is literally tonnes of broken up bits of plastic on the tide lines and up into the bush just behind the dunes.


Joining forces to clean up our coastal environment

20111025 OCCIThe coming summer months will bring the 'tourist' out in all of us as we head to the local waterways to enjoy the great outdoors and get some relief from the heat. One thing to be aware of, is to collect litter in our natural environment during the tourist season, as plastics are a major threat to our ocean life and every piece less that goes into the ocean is a bonus.

Everyone can do their bit by just picking up every piece of litter that can be seen and on December 3rd branches of the community marine conservation group, Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives (OCCI) organised a "Marine Debris Survey" at sites in central NSW including Terrigal, Copacabana, Lake Macquarie and Port Stevens.

"As well as collecting rubbish from our lakes and beaches, this clean-up is designed to go that one step further," said event co-ordinator, Linda Roberts. "All of the collected litter was recorded and sent to a national data-base for marine debris, organised by Tangaroa Blue Foundation. The idea is to find out the origin of our local marine litter so that steps can be taken to reduce debris at its source."

So what did make up the marine debris collected along NSW's central coast?