ACTIV Newsletter - People, Skills and Community

"In every square kilometre of ocean there is an estimated 18,000 pieces of plastic killing over one million seabirds and marine mammals every year. To help stop more rubbish finding its way into our waters, seven service recipients and two staff members from Activ's People, Skills and Community services in Busselton and Bunbury grabbed their gloves and bags to volunteer in the annual Cape to Cape Beach Clean Up in October."

"Activ Supervisor Karen Colley says the Activ team tackled a popular stretch of beach in Dunsborough, collecting several bags of rubbish. The Cape to Cape Clean Up has been an annual event since 2005. Organised by the Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society and supported by the Department of Environment and Conservation and shires of Busselton and Augusta-Margaret River, it inspires hundreds of volunteers to remove as much rubbish as possible from their favourite stretch of coastline between Cape Leeuwin, Cape Naturaliste and Busselton. It also raises community awareness about the state of our coasts and oceans and the affect that marine debris has on this fragile marine ecosystem.

Project Co-ordinator Heidi Taylor says the 2007 clean up was the most successful, attracting about 300 volunteers. These groups were asked to register their stretch of coastline, clean it up, analyse and record what they find and return completed data sheets. This data is then analysed and used to educate the community about reducing marine debris."

Extract from "Beach Clean Up" article featured in the ACTIV Newsletter November/December 2007 issue.

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