South West Tasmania Marine Debris Cleanup

9 Apr 2010 0 Share

During the Easter break three boat loads of passionate volunteers scoured the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area hand-collecting garbage from the beaches of the rugged south west coast. Marine debris causes massive levels of pollution on our beaches and the long and painful death of huge numbers of marine life.

The cleanup has been running since 1999 and is the longest remote area baseline marine debris survey in Australia. Since it began 12 years ago, over 50,000 items of rubbish have been collected and itemised. All rubbish is sorted into recyclables with the remainder sent to landfill. The collected data* provides information regarding changes in rubbish types and amounts. When this information is combined with oceanic circulation models it helps determine where the rubbish is coming from. This year the cleanup was run as a WILDCARE special project. WILDCARE Inc is the largest and fastest growing incorporated environmental action group in Tasmania, with membership of around 3000 individuals.

This year's cleanup was also gratefully supported by Dave Wyatt of Southern Ocean Adventures as well as other local fishermen Kent Way and Dean Hulton and a volunteer crew of 12. The outdoor clothing company Patagonia and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys were the major sponsors providing generous financial support for fuel, boat charter, food and kitting out the team with appropriate clothing. The Wursthaus Kitchen, Cascade and Gillespies Ginger Beer also kicked in keeping the crew in provisions for the week-long trip. For more info – go to http://wha-marinedebris.blogspot.com

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