Report from Libby Edge from Eco Barge Services in Airlie Beach, Queensland.
I am happy to report we collected a total of 192 kilos of marine debris from Pandanus Bay, Long Island and Roma Point, South Molle.
The Eco Barge had four volunteers on board for this day, three were Airlie Beach locals and one from Brazil.
This day was very successful. Both beaches are now pristine clean. We targeted small plastics right up to the large drums. Our volunteers had a rewarding and full day. They all commented they want to come out with with the Eco barge again, this makes me know we are achieving great things.
Today being Friday the 21/08/09 the dump truck transfered the marine debris to our local council rubbish tip.
We targeted Pandanus Bay first on Long Island and collected:
- 15 bags = 56kgs
- Wood with paint and nails = 25kgs
- Rope and fishing line = 7kgs
- Plastic drums = 12kgs
- Metal (rusty porthole) = 20kgs
Total for Pandanus Bay was 120 kgs of rubbish.
We now have a sign that is approved by Environment and Resource management stating Eco Barge Services has cleaned the beach with our sponsors logos.
Our volunteers enjoyed morning tea around 11am and then continued cleaning the beach for a further 2 hours.,/p>
The Eco Barge and volunteers departed Pandanus Bay at 1pm for our BBQ lunch at Sandy Bay campground. After lunch we targeted Roma Point on South Molle Island.
Here we collected:
- 9 bags = 44kgs
- Ships rope = 15kgs
- 44 gallon plastic drum = 13kgs
- Total for Roma Point 72kgs
The Eco Barge arrived back at the Whitsunday Sailing Club at 4.10pm