Helping to make Whitsundays clean
A TOTAL of 11 volunteers joined Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc to clean up Hamilton Island's Driftwood Bay on Saturday March 10.
Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc director Libby Edge said the trip was the second of two for the financial year to be funded by Whitsunday Regional Council.
"The day was a huge success and we collected 354kg of marine debris, totalling around 44 bags" she said.
"We collected 3000 bottle top lids and we [even] got a couple of large ships' ropes and drums."
Ms Edge said Driftwood Bay was heavily impacted by rubbish because it lies on the south coast of Hamilton Island and is therefore exposed to the prevailing southeast winds. Marine debris collected from the trip was brought back to Edges boat yard where it was sorted, counted, weighed and logged into the national marine debris database.
"The data is used for research and education to help reduce marine debris," Ms Edge said.
Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc has now collected more than 60,000kg of marine debris thanks to the efforts of local sponsors and volunteers. Ms Edge said the next clean up would be courtesy of Evolution nightclub who have been raising money over the months of February and March to fund another trip to the Whitsunday islands.
"Weather pending we will be running that trip at the beginning of April," she said.
To sponsor or volunteer visit www.ecobargecleanseas.org.au