Science on the Beach with Portside Students

Teachers from Portside Christian College and Tangaroa Blue met up far from Adelaide at workshop on marine debris being held on North Stradbroke Island earlier this year. It wasn’t long until plans were underway to involve the students and at the beginning of September a beach clean up and data collection lesson was held at Semaphore Beach in Adelaide.

From 1.2km of beach students removed 303 items weighing 21kg! While the beach looked relatively clean, washed up on the high tide mark was plenty of small debris, all which are a threat to local marine life and seabirds.

Reports from the teachers after the event were that the students all enjoyed it and they had already heard reports from parents that their kids enjoyed the day. The students planned to have a further look at the debris they collected in the coming week and will endeavour to set up a regular visit to this stretch of beach and others to collect more data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.

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