Fight against debris gone global
ECO Barge Services director Libby Edge represented the Whitsunday region at the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference.
Ms Edge's fight against marine debris was put on show at the six-day conference in Waikiki, Hawaii.
Ms Edge said she had always been passionate about making our oceans cleaner, but the conference took it to another level.
“It was amazing to see so much happening world wide,” she said.
“It made me say ‘we have nothing like that in Australia', so I was like, we have to do that.”
Ms Edge was surrounded by representatives from some of the world's most recognisable organisations in the fight against marine debris including Ocean Conservancy and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
Among them were Australian scientists who have shown their support for the local campaign and will join with Ms Edge in her fight to making the waters of the Whitsundays debris free.
Ms Edge said she wanted to set precedence for the rest of the world to follow.
“I want to be the first region in the world to have the first marine debris free oceans,” she said.