Join volunteers from across Queensland this October and help reduce marine debris in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. The inaugural Great Barrier Reef Clean-up kicks off in Townsville on October 17th as part of the Celebrate the Reef community day. More clean-ups will then occur the following weekend (24th & 25th October) in other coastal locations stretching from Cape York to Bundaberg.
This October don’t let your litter bug our Reef — join the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up and help reduce marine debris on this iconic natural wonder.
Marine debris can harm marine life, pose a navigational hazard and smother coral. Turtles and dugongs can become entangled in marine debris like nets, or ingest marine debris such as small plastic pieces and bags when they mistake them for prey. Plastic can also absorb other potentially toxic chemicals. Debris can enter through natural and main made waterways like drains and eventually make its way out to sea and into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.,/p>
The Great Barrier Reef Clean-up is delivered by the Great GBRMPAMarineDebris LitterBug BlueTag n ReefTrustLBarrier Reef Marine Park Authority with funding through Reef Trust and in partnership with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Eco Barge and local Reef Guardian Councils.
Photo: GBRMPA/Cherry Muddle