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2011 West Australian Marine Debris Project Technical Report.pdf (2.35 MB)

2011 West Australian Marine Debris Project Technical Report

Tangaroa Blue Foundation's main objective for 2011 has been to consolidate the annual WA Beach Cleanup into a state-wide event. This has been achieved with cleanup activity occurring in each coastal region from the south coast through to the Kimberley coast and out to the Cocos Keeling and Christmas Islands. About 50 organisations and over 1200 volunteers combined their energies to produce this successful outcome. South West Marine Debris Project monthly monitoring activities have also continued along the Capes coast in 2011 with two additional sites - Yeagarup on the western south coast and Dalyellup Beach near Bunbury being added to the programme. Additional cleanups at Deepdene and Boranup were also funded during the year and valuable data was obtained for these targeted sites. This year's annual WA Beach Cleanup produced 75,832 items of debris. Seventy seven percent of these were plastic and the most numerous item was remnant bits and pieces of plastic. Our revamped cleanup signature shows 47% of items falling into the "remnants and breakage" category, 28% into "packaging" and 13% into "consumer articles". In this report we are introducing a second set of categories which provide an indication of the type of activity which generated the marine debris being found within a site, area or region. By this measure, in this year's cleanup, "individual consumption", which includes articles and packaging related to individual consumption of food, drink and cigarettes, generated 34% of the items collected. "Plastic remnant accumulation" (the legacy of past activities) also accounted for 34% while "commercial fishing" generated 16% and "recreational fishing" and "individual activities" generated 6% each. Averaged over the whole state our litter and local source index shows 46% of items were from local origins while the remaining 54% had a non local origin such as shipping and oceanic circulation.

West Australian Beach Clean Up Report 2015.pdf (3.45 MB)

West Australian Beach Clean Up Report 2015

Summary A mild winter this year meant a little less debris encountered on the beach compared to 2014. There were exceptions with hotspots being encountered in some places and debris levels remaining high in others. The Cocos Islands, Broome Town Beach and Mindarie Marina seawall were among the exceptions. Throughout the year a number of individuals and organisations have continued being involved in cleaning beaches and collecting data. Data collected throughout the year together with the snapshot of data provided during the October West Australian Beach Clean-up builds up a knowledge base about marine debris in WA. The value of ongoing clean-up activities is that it provides data and information to do something about the problem, and there is in effect a watch on WA beaches which improves the chances of early spotting and reporting of hazardous items, items presenting quarantine issues and other incidents such as the search for debris from missing flight MH370. In this report we discuss how to give some focus on where we direct our activities and what those activities can be. One way of doing this is to encourage groups to form at a local or regional level to identify achievable marine debris objectives and develop responses. We are encouraging participation from community members and organisations, business, local government and NRM bodies. Some organisations are currently at this stage and our objective is to continue to support them while also assisting new groups wanting to develop a focus to their activities. In the next section we provide a wrap up of this year’s October West Australian Beach Clean-up followed by a discussion of developing a regional focus on marine debris. Data from each NRM region is then analysed to provide a broad picture of debris types, quantities, sources and possible areas for activity. The report then provides some information on source reduction plans and concludes with an update on the watch for items from missing flight MH370.