St Bernard’s College students started off the 2010 school year back at the beach, helping remove marine debris and submitting data to the Australian Marine Debris Database. Participants reported a beautiful sunny day with a big low tide – so plenty of beach to scour and some enthusiastic boys (who had been promised a swim at the end!).
Along with the very low tide, was a very big high tide the night before impacting on the amount of debris found, however students still collected 601 pieces of debris, weighing 36kg! The most common item was once again cigarette butts with a huge total of 231, making up over 50% of the debris collected! The students have also increased the area they are covering – extending it to 4km, from Moggs Creek to Grassy Creek.
Next collection day will be in early March.