Clean ups have been taking place in Tasmania for a number of year now. With some very remote sections of coastline, it is amazing how much rubbish is washing up from both local and international sources.

NRM North Staff and Volunteers Clean Up the Tamar!

Tamar17NRM North staff and volunteers rolled up their sleeves to remove rubbish from the Tamar estuary as part of World Rivers Day celebrations.

Two clean-up events were organised by NRM North’s Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program at Swan Point and Riverside on September 26.

The day aimed to raise awareness of the amount of rubbish accumulating in the Tamar and the impact on marine life.

A total of 58 cigarette lighters, 150 bottle lids, 191 plastic drink bottles and 40 plastic bags were among what was collected on the day.

Some of the larger items collected included painted timber with nails, tyres, potties, corflute signs, treated timber posts and pieces of plastic pipe.

The event was so successful, the TEER Program is planning on running regular clean-up days in the future.

For more information visit www.nrmnorth.org.au.

Green Guardians tackle track litter, beach debris and a fauna survey

2012 Green GuardiansLitter was collected from the Overland Track and East Coast beaches, and fauna were surveyed by participants in guided tours as part of the Green Guardians voluntourism program during the past summer.

The litter collection survey took place on the popular Overland Track in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and on the Hazards Beach track at Freycinet National Park, Tasmania; the study and collection of marine debris occurred in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area; and the fauna survey was carried out along the Franklin River in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.


Marine Trash Turned into Coastcare Treasures

2011 Coastcare Winner TASCoastcare Week got off to a creative, colourful and happily trashy start in the Cradle Coast region of Tasmania with a display of marine sculptures made using plastic bags, bottles, cans, fishing line and other rubbish collected from local beaches. Students from six schools transformed the debris into 40 imaginative sea creatures in Cradle Coast NRM's Schools Marine Debris Sculpture Competition to raise awareness of the need to Keep the Sea Free of Debris.

Competition winners were announced today at a special presentation to mark the beginning of Coastcare Week 2011 which is celebrated around Australia from 5 to 11 December to recognise the work of community volunteers in caring for their coast. The sculptures provided a colourful backdrop to the regional launch which was also attended by guest speaker, Peter Whish-Wilson, Tasmanian Chair of the Surfrider Foundation. Mr Whish-Wilson teaches environmental finance at UTAS and is planning a PhD on the economics of marine plastic pollution.


Conservation Volunteers Clean Up Tasmania

Conservation Volunteers has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of our unique environment since 1982. In that time we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supported their participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment.


Easter Hunt Success 17714 items collected off beaches in Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area

2010 SW Clean UpDepending on your point of view this years' trip to the remote beaches of south west Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area was either the most successful to date with a record haul of 17,714 pieces of rubbish or very disappointing as we continue to see increasing amounts of rubbish finding its way into one of the worlds most pristine wilderness areas. Either way we managed to clean a total of eight beaches thanks to the Cray fishermen, fine weather and a very happy, enthusiastic and capable crew. Thanks to Wildcare and Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania we were able to visit this area and present our findings on a daily basis to the world via the blog.


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