This year’s Darwin Harbour Clean Up has been another great example of what is possible when the community comes together to make a difference. Yesterday the Darwin Harbour Clean Up scoured 120 kilometres of coastline, engaging over 160 volunteers, representing 27 organisations.
In total 184 volunteers collected 269 bags of rubbish, weighing 1792 kilograms. This is a huge impact and also a significant reduction from last year’s haul where slightly fewer volunteers across the same sites collected 4215 kilograms of marine debris. This reduction in debris weight appears to be a very positive indicator for the health of Darwin Harbour. Stay tuned for more detailed data, collated by Tangaroa Blue, that will provide a breakdown of litter items and an overview of single use plastics.
There are literally hundreds of people that make the Darwin Harbour come together each year, whether it be through volunteering on the day or through providing other in-kind resources and services. Thank you to all those involved, your participation created a very successful and positive event. We’d also like to thank our major sponsors: Territory Natural Resource Management, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project. Report by Conservation Volunteers Australia – Darwin Office.
After 150 volunteers from industry, government, rangers and NGOs spent the morning removing rubbish from the Darwin Harbour, the Tangaroa Blue data team has crunched the numbers and confirmed one of the heavier years on record with indicators pointing to an increase of illegally dumped items.
‘Over 150 people were working across 10 land and 4 water-based sites, with 9 boats around Darwin Harbour,’ said Northern Territory Seafood Council, Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Katherine Winchester.
This year a total of 4.2 tonnes was collected most of which was made up of heavy items such as 27 car tyres, a flat screen tv, mattresses and an arm chair.’
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.
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.