Monitoring program to combat ocean pollution in the Hunter

A program to help save our oceans from plastic pollution is being launched in Taree, central NSW this week.

Community groups, organisations and volunteers throughout the Hunter are encouraged to participate in the regional program and help protect our waterways.

“Marine debris is a major threat to many marine species in the region, including our sea turtles and seabirds,” said Hunter Local Land Services estuary and marine officer Brian Hughes.

“We are encouraging community groups and volunteers to help remove harmful debris from our waterways and record information on what they collect to build a picture of how big the plastic pollution problem is in the Hunter.

The Hunter Region Marine Debris Monitoring Program has been developed by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with Hunter Local Land Services to help prevent and repair the effects of marine debris.

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