Mitigating Marine Debris at the Abrolhos Islands

On the March long weekend NACC NRM Coastcare Support Officer Alanah Campbell joined Dr Chis Surman of Halfmoon Bioscience and the Latitude Pearls Flotsam and Jetsam team on a purpose-driven adventure to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

Marine debris at the Abrolhos Islands poses a threat of entanglement to the nesting shorebirds and well as hazards to other marine life. The annual Latitude Pearls Flotsam and Jetsam clean-up targets marine debris at the Abrolhos Islands to reduce these hazards and protect the area.

Greeted by curious sea lions and (relatively) calm weather we surveyed Lesser Noddy and Osprey nests as well as the adjacent shorelines for marine debris.

The collected debris will be carefully sorted to categorise type and source of the materials. This process is important for identifying the root of the issue and will inform better processes to reduce the problem at its sources.

The debris sorting workshop will be held on the 4th of May from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the WA Museum of Geraldton, Wedge Building. If you are interested in coming along to the sorting workshop, please RSVP to alanah.campbell@nacc.com.au or 0429 967 975.

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

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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