On February 24th 2012, students from Gordonvale State School and Gordonvale High School visited Green Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef along Australia’s Far North Queensland coastline.
During their visit, the 34 students checked out the local marine life during a glass bottom boat ride, had a visit to the Department of Fisheries Research Station and then conducted the first Tangaroa Blue clean up on Green Island.
From 500m around the island, students and teachers collected 995 pieces of marine debris including 235 bits of foam, 212 bits of hard plastic, 168 bits of foam from weather balloons, 72 straws and cutlery, 52 foam food packaging and 20 bits of broken glass. The debris weighed 37.1kg, was collected from 1km of beach in 1.25hrs!
Great effort by the students and we are looking forward to reading their reports from the day!