Clean beach brigade begin big campaign

Surfers will be the driving force behind an initiative to keep beaches looking pristine. The Clean Beach initiative, to be trialled on the Central Coast, is supported by Tangaroa Blue and The Surfrider Foundation.

Behind the pilot program is surfer Mandy Marechal and marine biologist Roberta Dixon-Valk. They hope to get other surfers active in removing marine debris from their ocean playground.

Photo by Peter Clark: Mandy Marechal, Nathan Cook and Tasman Marechal collect rubbish at Forresters Beach.

Other supports include big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom and Marechal’s husband and fellow surfer Rex. Marechal said they hoped to get a younger generation involved.

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TransparentSea Wins Surf Industry Award

The anti-whaling and environmental awareness initiative TransparentSea has scooped the esteemed ASB (Australian Surf Business) Surf Industry Award at the annual Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame held on Queensland’s Gold Coast on the weekend.

The ASB Surf Industry Award is presented to “a person, persons or organisation that has continued to support the growth of surfing industry through financial and non-financial philanthropic contributions in the areas of community, environment and humanitarian aid during the 2009 calendar year”.

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2009/2010 New South Wales Update

An anti-whaling and environmental awareness campaign initiated by professional free-surfer and activist Dave Rastovich saw an epic and testing 36 day voyage by sea start on October 1st between Byron Bay and Bondi.

Dubbed “Transparentsea” the campaign took aim at the Australian Government’s lack of action on Japanese whaling activity in the Southern Ocean, as well as highlighting areas of environmental concern along Australia’s eastern seaboard.

During their frequent stops down the coast, the Transparentsea team in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation and Tangaroa Blue initiated beach-cleanups with all the rubbish collected, tabulated and added to the National Marine Debris database.

Visit the Transparent Sea website.

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