Friends of NACC Gather to Help Sort Marine Debris

Recently, our Coastal team hosted a marine debris sorting workshop!

Coastcare Officer Alanah Campbell was joined by about 30 keen participants who spent the day sifting through marine debris that had been collected from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. The debris was collected on surveys of the nests of two endangered seabird species, and adjacent shorelines.

Dr Chris Surman, of Halfmoon Bioscience, was on hand, helping the group with the activities and providing insight from his 30 years of studying the bird life of the Houtman Abrolhos. The debris was meticulously sorted and recorded by type, colour, size and weight, to help identify the sources of the materials. The data recorded will be sent to our friends at Tangaroa Blue!

This workshop is a part of a two year project to identify the sources and reduce the impacts of marine debris on marine raptors at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us!

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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