October is a huge month for citizen science activities along Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, with the 2016 ReefBlitz event inviting people from Brisbane to Port Douglas to get involved in a massive Great Barrier Reef health check! From activities monitoring coral, manta rays, mangroves and marine debris everyone can get involved!
Tangaroa Blue’s first ReefBlitz event was held on October 8th at our quarterly Cape Kimberley marine debris monitoring clean-up. This stretch of beach has been cleaned and data collected every three months since 2010 when a massive 800kg would regularly be removed from this 3km stretch of national park.
This time Tangaroa Blue volunteers were super surprised and excited to see that only 101kg of marine debris and plastic pollution had been washed up! Our smallest load since this site had been monitored!
Like always some obscure items were found, including a bag of cement, a headless Barbie doll, a smoke bomb,
A huge thank you to Wayne from Koala Camping who treated volunteers to a well earned and delicious lunch – the spread of food was truly impressive and volunteers were super appreciative!
Also thanks goes to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for coordinating and funding the ReefBlitz event, the Douglas Shire Council for logistical support and our awesome volunteers!