Eco Barge Full of Debris at Whitsunday Island

200911 WhitsundayEco Barge volunteers and crew headed out to Whitsunday Island on the 5th of November, 2009 for their monthly clean up and pulled off a massive 651kg of debris from the beach between Grimston Point and Bluff Point!

The Eco Barge anchored in Woodwark bay to clean Grimson Point, we managed to pick up 15 bags and a total of 33kgs from Grimston Point. Our volunteers had morning tea at Woodwark Bay to refuel on engery before continuing along the east side of Grimston Point removing all marine debris from the coast towards Bluff Point. We found a large amount of marine debris which had accumulated in a small stretch of coastline, we collected a total of 618 kilos most of this was boat wreckage parts and plastic bottles.


Snapper Island Clean Up

200909 SnapperTo coincide with the 2009 International Clean Up Day, Tangaroa Blue Foundation hosted a clean up event on Snapper Island in Far North Queensland on Saturday, September 19th.

45 volunteers and crew from 7 vessels helped to remove 494kg of rubbish in just a few hours from the island showing how impacted by marine debris even non-populated areas can become.

A total of 4061 individual items of rubbish were collected, with the most common items all being made up of plastic!


Eli Creek Clean Up

20090809 Eli CreekEli Creek, a popular fishing spot saw plenty of community spirit recently when volunteers from the Fraser Coast 4WD club, OceanWatch Australia and Fraser Coast Regional Council filled 4 skip bins in the space of a few hours, with industrial and household rubbish collected from the creek. Local business Re-use & Recycle assisted in the clean-up by supplying skip bins for free.

Weighing in at 3.82 tonnes, the rubbish included beer bottles, plastic bags, clothing, fishing line, rope, wire and an assortment of household rubbish. There were a number of larger items such as car tyres and old pieces of furniture, such as bed bases, armchairs, rusted tanks, trailers and even a dumped vehicle.


Whitsunday Islands Clean Up August 2009

200908 WhitsundayReport from Libby Edge from Eco Barge Services in Airlie Beach, Queensland.

I am happy to report we collected a total of 192 kilos of marine debris from Pandanus Bay, Long Island and Roma Point, South Molle.

The Eco Barge had four volunteers on board for this day, three were Airlie Beach locals and one from Brazil.

This day was very successful. Both beaches are now pristine clean. We targeted small plastics right up to the large drums. Our volunteers had a rewarding and full day. They all commented they want to come out with with the Eco barge again, this makes me know we are achieving great things.

Today being Friday the 21/08/09 the dump truck transfered the marine debris to our local council rubbish tip.

We targeted Pandanus Bay first on Long Island and collected:

  • 15 bags = 56kgs
  • Wood with paint and nails = 25kgs
  • Rope and fishing line = 7kgs
  • Plastic drums = 12kgs
  • Metal (rusty porthole) = 20kgs

Total for Pandanus Bay was 120 kgs of rubbish.


Mowbray River Clean Up

20090813 MowbrayRivers all lead to the sea, which means marine debris can come from sources far upstream from where the litter was originally left.

On Thursday 13th August, volunteers spent an hour cleaning up around a Mowbray River boat ramp which has been used as a dumping ground as well as being impacted by visitors leaving their rubbish in the surrounding area.

Thanks to the guys on holidays from Victoria for helping with the clean up!

Where rubbish bins aren't provided, please take your rubbish home with you!!!!

Protect Our Oceans - All Rivers Lead to the Sea!