2009/2010 Queensland Update

The Far North QLD Marine Debris Project

During the year volunteers from Fraser Island to the Torres Strait Islands have been involved in the Queensland Marine Debris Project.

Some highlights included island clean ups on Snapper and Woody Island as well as monthly clean ups on 4 Mile, Cooya, Newell and Wonga Beaches. Special thanks to James Watson for his unending energy and enthusiasm for his "patch" of 4 Mile Beach which he clean ups several times a week! All your efforts are very much appreciated!!

The Low Isles caretakers and Low Isles Preservation Society volunteers have also been part of the project conducting daily clean ups. This will be a really interesting data set to compare to islands which don't have daily visitors and caretakers!

Photo above: Volunteers at Snapper Island after removing 494kg of debris in just a couple of hours!!

Libby Edge and her volunteers from Eco Barge Services have been conducting regular clean ups in Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands and are submitting data to our National Marine Debris Data Base. http://www.ecobargeservices.com/

A really exciting addition to our project in the Far North is the participation of the Reef Guardian Schools! Students from Fraser Island up to the Torres Strait Islands have been taking part in marine debris presentations and clean ups at their local beaches with the data on what they are finding being submitted to the National Marine Debris Database. Well done to all the students and teachers and we look forward to working with you again in 2010!

Photo right: Student from Tagai State College, Warraber Island Campus, Torres Strait islands during the school's beach clean up.

This year's project has been funded through a Caring for our Country Grant in partnership with the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group. We are currently compiling all the data from QLD in 2009 and a report will be available online in the new year with more details on the project.

Thanks to Douglas Shire Sustainability Group, Low Isles Preservation Society, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef Guardian Schools, Keep Australia Beautiful Council QLD, Eco Barge Services, local government agencies and all the volunteers!