Tangaroa Blue Foundation, through their ReefClean project, has unearthed several hazards in their most recent monitoring survey of marine debris impacting the Great Barrier Reef region.
Two unmarked silver canisters were found washed ashore northern Cape York beaches. These are filled with aluminium phosphide, a toxic combination of chemicals that are fatal to ingest or inhale, used in fumigation aboard ships. Officials urge locals not to touch these canisters, stand upwind to avoid possible inhalation, and to phone 000 immediately if any are found. Read more “ReefClean Unearths Toxic Hazards”