It’s one of those things that non-smokers just don’t understand – why smokers can’t just bin their butts. But no matter how many bins, signs, fines and campaigns that are implemented internationally, the old cigarette butt still holds the number one position in the most littered item list.
Australia’s leading fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited has partnered with Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help recreational fishers tackle rubbish in their local waterways.
From flotsam collecting in saltmarshes to riverbank dumping, from forgotten tackle to microplastics that end up in fish bellies, OzFish and Tangaroa Blue are finding innovative ways to create lasting change and turn around outdated practices of past generations.
Clear blue skies and sunny conditions after recent cyclone activity gave a great kick-start to the first of 2021’s quarterly clean-ups at Cape Kimberley Beach.
In late January 19 motivated locals from the Daintree, Port Douglas and Cairns regions came together to clean-up Cape Kimberley Beach, situated on the traditional lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. A massive thanks again to local Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation Rangers who came along to share their passion and knowledge of saltwater country.
From the 21st-24th of November, a group of Tangaroa Blue volunteers, staff and Wavelength Reef Cruises crew set off on a mission to clean-up several islands that lie in the Northern Great Barrier Reef Region, as part of the ReefClean project. Despite the rough seas and high wind forecast, the small group were able to visit 8 different islands and collect over 1.8 tonnes of marine debris over 4 days.
This October the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up took place with events ranging from multi-day clean-ups in the Torres Strait and the remote shores of Hinchinbrook Island, to day-long events targeting local beaches across Queensland’s coast. A flagship event was held at strategic locations along the Great Barrier Reef, including Harbour Beach (Mackay/Whitsundays), Alva Beach (Burdekin), Hinchinbrook Island (Far North QLD), Innes Park (Burnett Mary), Farnborough Beach (Capricorn Coast) and Moa Island (Torres Strait). Over 200 volunteers registered for these flagship events, with over 280 bags and 2.7 tonnes of marine debris pulled off the beaches in total.