Plastics Out of the Ocean with ORCV
Last month the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) hosted the 2019 Melbourne to Apollo Bay yacht race, in conjunction with a new initiative for the health of our oceans.
Alvaro Maz, a member of the Faster Forward crew led a pilot campaign called Plastics out of the Ocean, raising awareness of and sharing ideas about ocean conservation amongst the sailing community. “As someone who cares about the health of our planet, I’ve always been interested in ways that I can have an impact that scales; something that can change behaviour and the value we put on our natural environment, not just create more choices to greenwash our everyday living”, writes Maz.
In just 4 weeks the initiative was able to garner the support of the ORCV and race Steering Committee and spread the word to all Apollo Bay race competitors. Encouraging the reduction of plastics on board and sharing sustainable ways of running boats, teams also fundraised a total $2,525 for the campaign, which they have chosen to donate to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
Special thanks go to Algy Rose, Blue Water Tracks, Shimmer and Faster Forward crews for your support.
But it doesn’t end there! With a successful trial under their belt, the team from ORCV plan to extend their crowd-funding campaign to the biggest event in the sailing calendar, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Thank you ORCV for your efforts and generosity, and we look forward to the next chapter of Plastics Out of the Ocean!
To read the full story, visit: https://orcv.org.au/apollo-bay-blog/5006-save-the-ocean-protect-your-passion-make-an-impact
Written by Alexis Farr
Dear 3206 Beach Patrollers,
Its time for us to hit the sand and give our shore line a nice Spring Clean!
Please join the action at 9am on Saturday Dec 3 starting at either Mc Gregor St or Victoria Ave which ever suits you best. From either point we will head towards the Sandbar Cafe where we will meet for coffee at approx 10am and let the kids run riot , bare foot, on a nice clean beach!
The “clean beach movement” is building big time with local council bolstering their cleaning efforts, trial storm water litter traps now installed and The CoPP are also about to introduce a brand new long term plan for Port Phillip Foreshore Management. Read more “Source Reduction Workshops in Victoria”
The third Seaside Scavenge took place at the Rye Pier in January 2018. We conducted a large scale beach cleanup where the litter participants collect was traded for a festival currency. This was used to purchase high quality pre-loved clothes, toys, shoes and more that had been donated by the local community. Food and drink vendors enriched the buying market this year through sponsoring the event with tokens that participants could also purchase using their hard earned litter currency.
The event offered live music from local artists, educational talks from guest speakers, interactive stalls from local coastal/marine, recycling and conservation themed organisations, as well as workshops on how to create useful items out of everyday “waste”. We also provided a bicycle generated amplifier to invite the community to ride alongside our performers and use their energy to power the live music.
Sticking to our zero waste policy and education theme we hosted a Mug Library where participants could rent cups, plates and cutlery for their food, as well as a do it yourself Clean-Up Station to wash, dry and return the used items. Read more “Giving value to rubbish!”
In the Warrnambool region in Victoria the need for an ongoing program to tackle the problem of marine plastics on local beaches has gained momentum. Ten beach monitoring sites have been set up along the coast from Warrnambool to Port Fairy as part of the new Clean Oceans Collective program, which has teamed up with Tangaroa Blue Foundation. More than 600 people, including community volunteers, school students, teachers, university students, staff from Wannon Water, local and state government representatives and Warrnambool City Councillors, attended the event, which included a Source Reduction Plan workshop. Read more “SRP Workshop in Warrnambool”