Eco Barge celebrates 60th trip

60 TRIPS DOWN: Eco Barge Services will celebrate their 60th trip this week. Volunteers Paul Momallie, David Edge, Ronne Wilhinson, Rob Cohen, Denise Van Meijeren, Robyn Hopper and director Libby Edge are pictured here with rubbish collected from a trip last year.
60 TRIPS DOWN: Eco Barge Services will celebrate their 60th trip this week. Volunteers Paul Momallie, David Edge, Ronne Wilhinson, Rob Cohen, Denise Van Meijeren, Robyn Hopper and director Libby Edge are pictured here with rubbish collected from a trip last year.

ECO Barge Clean Seas will run its 60th marine debris removal trip today as part of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program.

Since the launch of the program in July 2009, Eco Barge has removed 66,000 kilograms of marine debris, of which 17,225 kilograms was collected through trips funded by Reef Catchments and the Reef Catchment Public Fund. The ongoing program aims to remove debris and monitor waste levels from Whitsunday waters and coastline including the islands to minimise the impact that marine debris has on the reef's ecosystem.

Founding chair of Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc Libby Edge said that "when I approached Reef Catchments in October 2008 they were the first to put up their hand to help support the launch of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program. Reef Catchments has been with us from the start and I am very excited to have them on board for our 60th trip."

Eco Barge is a not-for-profit organisation with a committee of 52 members and over 150 registered volunteers.

For more information about Eco Barge or the program visit www.ecobargecleanseas.com.au.



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