Darwin Harbour Clean-Up July 5 2011

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.

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