2017 WA Beach Clean Up Day - CY O'Connor Beach
Spearwood, WA

Spearwood, WA
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We offer a free pick-up from Pioneer Reserve, on the corner of Short St and Packenham Rd in Fremantle. Or meet us onsite at 9am. Please call our office on 08 9335 2777 for location details.
Departure time:
8.00-Freo, 9am-Site

Conservation Volunteers have joined forces with Tangaroa Blue for the Annual West Australian Beach Clean Up.

18,000 individual pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean. Over 7 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean every year - 8 million pieces per day. This is three times as much rubbish as the annual weight of fish caught.

Once discarded into the ocean, plastics can take hundreds of years to breakdown into a fine plastic powder, but will always remain in the marine environment. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years and monofilament fishing line up to 600 years, the cigarette butt, up to 10 years.

77 Australian marine species have been shown to be impacted by marine life, many of which are killed by this floating rubbish. This includes over twenty Australian endangered species including the humpback and blue whales, Tristan albatross and all species of turtles.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

Since the program started in 2004, more than 4.6 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline and data on this debris collated and inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database.

The database is used to firstly identify what is impacting different sections of the coast, and then to track wherever possible where those items are coming from. Practical solutions are then created to reduce and stop marine debris from entering our oceans.

Join us for the day as we survey and collect marine debris along a beautiful stretch of coastline in Coogee.  We will be at CY O'Connor Beach today assisting the City of Cockburn.

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Fremantle office on 08 9335 2777 or email perth@cva.org.au