WA Marine Debris Project Wrap-Up

Bathers Beach Fremantle Clean Up Crew re sized

Western Australians proved once again their care for the marine environment by participating in the 14th annual WA Marine Debris Project event on 13-14 October.
More than 1000 volunteers from the community, school and business groups got involved in beaches from Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean Territories to Kanidal Beach in the Great Australian Bight and more than 120 sites in between.
Volunteers were urged to collect data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative data base and from the data returned (70% of clean-ups), it’s clear that they made a huge effort! More than 1313 km of coastlines and waterways were scoured, 48,000 items were recorded as being removed and they totaled 2742 kg! (Interestingly, that’s about as heavy as the Tongue of a Blue Whale!)

Not surprisingly, plastic waste was the main item found and accounted for seventy one percent of rubbish audited. Plastic items include hard plastic bits, plastic film remnants, plastic food wrapping and bottles, plastic lids and plastic bags.

A huge thanks to all who participated. Please save the date for 2019 and get involved on 19/20 October!

P.S. In light of the huge impact plastic has on our waterways and marine animals, have you considered how else you can be make a difference to reduce plastic use? Let’s all play a part to reduce single use plastic in our lives and those of our friends and family and spread the word about what’s washing up on our beaches. Consider low waste gifts at Christmas, and ditch single use plastic for good. See some great gift ideas at our Sea store.