Some of the most important habitat is Marsh and it breaks our heart to see if filled with garbage and plastic pollution. This is exactly what we see in our own street, illegal dumping almost directly into the Ocean and then left to rot in what should be pristine habitat. In collaboration with IRUKANDJI SHARK & RAY ENCOUNTERS who are generously hiring the dumpster we plan to clean up our Marsh: Marsh RD, Bobs Farm, Port Stephens.
Our first hope is to involve our community, the residents of Bobs Farm must also watch this illegal dumping occur sometimes right nearby their houses and also to involve our wider ocean loving community at large.
Once the date is set we will collect all the rubbish we can, working around the tides over the weekend with everybody who is willing to give us a hand. After collection we shall count and itemise the pieces, record our findings and deliver our records to TANGAROA BLUE as a part of the Australian Marine Debris Database. Collecting data is imperative so science can establish what marine debris are found where and what the best form of defence will be for that local problem. Marine debris is a global issue, but it cannot be solved on a global scale with just one solution, it needs many, many solutions and Sea Shelter plans to either help find one or at least be one.
Bobs Farm is only the beginning, perhaps you have noticed a particularly bad area that needs our attention next? Or if you just want to get involved and help out- that’s awesome. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org