From the desk of Catherine, South Coast Enviro-Experiences Project Officer. 

We are constantly confronted with reminders of the extensive harm that disposable plastics are inflicting upon our marine wildlife. There have been consistent messages emphasising the threat to our marine ecosystem that even a single individual can pose by not disposing of their litter in the appropriate way.   

It’s never too late to learn and do the right thing! 

That’s why Tangaroa Blue and Keep Australia Beautiful teamed up with South Coast Enviro-Experiences to deliver a beach clean-up encouraging a group of dedicated volunteers to help protect our amazing Marina waterfront in Albany. Once the group collected their hi-vis shirts, buckets and tongs they set off for an hour, picking up rubbish from the Boatshed all the way to Anzac Peace Park. The buckets of rubbish were full to the brim! Quite disappointing to see so much plastic from discarded water bottles, coffee cups, fishing rope, beer bottle tops etc.  Every item can be detrimental to our marine life and to think that the dumping of rubbish is still so visible along Albany’s beaches. Our amazing seabirds, fish, sea turtles and marine mammals will get entangled, or ingest plastic debris which can cause suffocation and starvation. So, we need to stop littering our beaches!

Let’s all do our bit to help save our marine environment. Why not organise your own beach clean-up?!  Not only will you be ‘Keeping Australia Beautiful’ but you can help save our precious marine life. 

If you would like to learn more about your local environment and make a difference, come and see us in the AgFocus tent at the Albany Agricultural Show on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November. You can find out how to join our dedicated team of volunteers and sign up to the South Coast Enviro Experiences volunteer web platform where you will have access to amazing volunteering activities across the Great Southern.

The South Coast Enviro-Experiences project is supported by Lotterywest.