Today Students from each of the Reef Guardian Schools in the Port Douglas area joined together to clean up Wonga Beach as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian School’s Future Leaders Eco Challenge day.
Port Douglas State School, Mossman State School, Mossman High School, Wonga Beach State School, Daintree State School and Julatten State School were all represented and the students took part in activities during the morning at Wonga Beach Aqualculture Farm, followed by lunch and a presentation on Marine Debris by Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society.
The students then headed onto Wonga Beach for a beach clean up and found 36Kg of rubbish in the first 100m of beach from the pathway! The most commonly found items were remnants of plastic bags and broken up bits of plastic but also 52 glass bottles were found and 59 aluminum cans! Items such as hair combs, toothbrushes and even a pair of children’s underpants were found just above the high tide line.
Thanks to all the students and teachers of the schools for taking part; Megan Sperring of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Bunnings Warehouse for providing the students with hats and gloves. Photos will be coming soon…