New partnership to protect our ocean
CRUISE Whitsundays and Eco Barge have joined forces to protect marine life and preserve the Whitsunday marine park.
Through the partnership, Cruise Whitsunday will help Eco Barge complete 15 clean up trips next year to remove marine debris.
They will also support the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre by reporting stranded marine turtles.
Eco Barge Clean Seas founder Libby Edge said it was a true partnership where Cruise Whitsundays had come on board to contribute funding to sustain the marine debris removal program and turtle centre.
"When we first started the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program, I wished that Cruise Whitsunday would come onboard to help us keep our islands protected from marine debris and that day has come," she said.
"This is us joining hands to protect marine life in the Whitsundays."
Mrs Edge said Eco Barge had rescued 15 turtles since May this year and had actively released five turtles back into the wild.
Chief executive officer Nick Hortle said the agreement was an important part of Cruise Whitsundays' active investment program into the Whitsundays environment and community.
"Cruise Whitsundays is the largest marine tourism operator in the region and we are committed to protecting the pristine environment in which we work and which we take so many visitors out to enjoy," he said.
As part of the partnership Cruise Whitsundays will be educating staff and passengers about what to do in the event of sighting a stranded turtle and helping to enlist volunteers for Eco Barge's marine debris removal programs.
Eco Barge has completed 46 marine debris removal trips with a total of 36,878kg of marine debris this year.