Tangaroa Blue Foundation is calling citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments, and all ocean lovers to join the month-long Great Barrier Reef Clean-up this October.
“In all my years running clean ups around the Great Barrier Reef, I’ve never seen marine debris like this. The sad fact is that marine debris is a major threat to the Great Barrier Reef, and in some of the most remote locations in the region, volunteers are removing over 1 tonne of rubbish per kilometre!” Tangaroa Blue’s Managing Director, Heidi Taylor.
The Great Barrier Reef Clean-up is part of the 5-year ReefClean project, which focuses on both the removal and prevention of marine debris impacting the iconic reef. Over the weekend of October 5th & 6th, volunteers can join one of the six Great Barrier Reef Clean-up launch events that will take place across the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsundays, Fitzroy, and Burnett Mary NRM Regions.
Along with the obvious benefits to the local environment in removing debris from reef and coastline areas, the clean-ups also deliver vital data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, which helps identify the sources of where all the rubbish is coming from.
If you’d like to get involved but can’t make to an organised event, then you register your own clean-up event anywhere across the reef – you’ll be provided with all of the clean-up materials to help you! The more people who get involved, the more areas will benefit from this cleanup initiative.
“If you know of a local site that needs attention and you want to take the lead on a clean-up, we want to hear from you. Tangaroa Blue’s Managing Director, Heidi Taylor.
ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Conservation Volunteers Australia, AUSMAP, Capricornia Catchments, Eco Barge Clean Seas, OceanWatch Australia, Reef Check Australia and South Cape York Catchments.
If you’d like to volunteer at an existing event or register a site, visit www.reefclean.org.
The information included in the above article was supplied and is correct at time of publication. For information relating to Tangaroa Blue or ReefClean, visit the website at www.reefclean.org
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