Macquarie Harbour Clean Up 2018

Macquarie Harbour Shoreline Clean-up was held over 5 days from Saturday 7 April to Wednesday 11 April 2018 to collect marine debris. 

Trash found at Pardoe Beach
Image Credit: Kent Wood

Cradle Coast NRM coordinates both prevention (education) and conservation (action) projects that raise awareness of the threats facing our marine environment and help to reduce the threat of marine debris across the region.

Cradle Coast NRM are working with aquaculture farms and community stakeholders to coordinate Macquarie Harbour Marine Debris Clean ups.

Major clean-up events in 2017 and 2018 were a collaborative effort between Active Strahan, National Landcare Programme , Conservation Volunteers Australia , Cradle Coast Authority , Cradle Coast NRM , Gordon River Cruises , Huon Aquaculture , King River Rafting, Petuna, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Strahan Village, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, Tassal Tasmanian Salmon, West Coast Council, West Coast Yacht Charters and Wildcare.

Littering can result in long-lasting harmful debris, especially plastics, polluting our rivers and oceans.  Plastic is incapable of breaking down or biodegrading and continues to fragment into ever-smaller pieces, posing a risk to seafood if it enters the food chain, and therefore also a risk to human health. The Macquarie Harbour clean-up projects are doing their bit to reduce the threats posed by marine debris, to benefit the local environment and tourism, marine life and shorebirds.

“Everyone can contribute to protecting our coast and oceans.  It's up to all of us to remind our friends and family it's not ok to through your rubbish out of a car, into the water on the street. It can end up in the water and harm, entangle or be ingested by birds or marine creatures.” – Anna Wind, Coastal Coordinator.

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