Cleaning Up our Coasts and Sorting out the Mess

It has been an especially waste-full time for NACC NRM’s Coastal and Marine team lately!

We are nearing the end of our two year project with Halfmoon Biosciences; Mitigating Marine Debris Impacts on Threatened Seabirds at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

Latest activities for this project saw local community members, industry stakeholders, CRTAFE students and Yamatji Sea Rangers come together at the Museum of Geraldton for a day of sorting this year’s collection of marine debris. The debris collected in March from Osprey and Lesser Noddy nests and adjacent shorelines is a replica of last year’s survey sites to analyses the amount and types of debris that have appeared in the last 12 months.

Using Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) datasheets as a guide, we further characterised debris by colour, size and most importantly source (where identifiable). This data will be analysed and presented in July this year, aiming to identify the primary sources, quantify the impacts and reduce the volume of marine debris, as well as increasing community awareness and understanding of impacts to seabirds.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

We also joined the Yamatji Sea Rangers with CRTAFE for a morning beach clean-up at Flat Rocks. The group collected, removed and sorted 37.2kg of marine debris, recording the data for the Australian Marine Debris Database (AMDD).

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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