ECO Barge Clean Seas headed out with a band of volunteers to clear the Whitsundays of marine debris to celebrate World Ocean Day last Friday.
ECO Barge Clean Seas headed out with a band of volunteers to clear the Whitsundays of marine debris to celebrate World Ocean Day last Friday.

Work toward cleaner sea

 

ECO Barge Clean Seas headed out with a band of volunteers to clear the Whitsundays of marine debris to celebrate World Ocean Day last Friday.

The crew had an extra special passenger on Friday, a green sea turtle named "Wray".

The sea turtle was found in an abandoned crab pot near Long Island. "The turtle was extremely lucky he did not drown in that crab pot as he had been caught in it for who knows how long?" rescuer John Whatmough said.

The Eco Barge volunteers collected a total of 278 kg of debris from Shaw Island.

Volunteers will sort this huge pile of debris and enter it into a National Marine Debris Data Base to learn what types of marine debris enter the Whitsunday waters.

Eco Barge Clean Seas founding chair Libby Edge thanked those who play bingo at Club Crocodile to help fund the trip and the hard effort of all the volunteers.


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