The sixth Darwin Harbour Clean-Up saw over 150 people working across eight sites on land and eight on the water, with 18 boats working around the Harbour on June 26th.
“This year an estimated total of 1.2 tonne of rubbish was collected, with some of the top items including 3,300 cigarettes butts, 3,132 metres of fishing line, 1,656 bits of broken hard plastic, 9 shopping trolleys and 13 lost or abandoned recreational crab pots,” said Northern Territory Seafood Council, Project Officer, Ms Lyn Lambeth.
The third annual Darwin Harbour Clean-Up was held on July 12 with around 120 volunteers and workers collecting an estimated four tonnes of rubbish from Darwin Harbour's coastlines and waters, organised by the Northern Territory Seafood Council and OceanWatch Australia.
The rubbish collected included around 1600 plastic drink bottles, 730 plastic bags, a staggering 12,000 aluminium cans, 13 shopping trolleys, a navigational buoy light, a military belt complete with water bottle and an empty ashes urn. The thong count was down, with only nine collected compared to 63 last year. The number of plastic bottles collected remained almost the same while the number of aluminium cans was nearly double last year's tally.
Around 90 volunteers and workers from government, non-government and private agencies collected just over a tonne of general rubbish from Darwin Harbour's coastlines and waters in the second year of the Darwin Harbour Clean-Up, organised by the Northern Territory Seafood Council and OceanWatch Australia.
The idea for the clean-up day came from commercial fishers who collect rubbish, including lost or discarded foreign fishing nets, as a part of their daily activities. Working and living on the sea, they are confronted regularly with the negative consequences of rubbish in the sea – including threats to marine and birdlife, the hazards to boating posed by foreign fishing gear and plastics, and seeing formerly pristine, remote beaches now looking more like rubbish dumps.