Artwork by the Mapoon Students!

Students from the Western Cape College in Mapoon helped out the Mapoon Land & Sea Rangers on a beach clean up at the end of April 2013. From just 150m of Back Beach, a massive 2460 items of marine debris were collected weighing 49.5kg!

The most common items included 68 thongs, 911 broken bits of hard plastic, 382 bits of rope cut offs, 547 lids and bottletops, 51 plastic drink bottles, 54 toothbrushes, 35 cigarette lighters – and yes this was from 150m of beach!

Most of the debris has washed over from South East Asia including Indonesia, China and Thailand. Great work to the students and rangers for helping keep this part of Australia clean!

After the clean up students made this comic of their day out on the beach. Click on the read more link to see a bigger version! Read more “Artwork by the Mapoon Students!”

111 Kilograms of Marine debris collected by Mapoon students

On Friday 18th May 2012 Mapoon Campus Junior Rangers, fellow students from year 3-6, Mapoon Land & Sea Ranger Stanley, teachers and several community members participated in a marine debris beach clean-up. Mapoon students are well aware of the impact this marine menace can be on their “country”. Marine Debris is an international problem and of course a common sight along the beaches of Mapoon and the students are fully aware of the impact this debris can be on the local marine life of Mapoon. Read more “111 Kilograms of Marine debris collected by Mapoon students”