Marine litter is one of the most threatening, but also the most solvable, pollution issue currently affecting the world's ocean and waterways.
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Welcome to Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc.
Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. is a not-for-profit environmental organisation that was established in the Whitsunday Region to protect our precious marine life and aquatic environment by removing existing marine debris and reducing the amount of debris that enters our waterways. We achieve this by providing the opportunity for the community to become proactive in collecting marine debris from our beaches and coastline, while undertaking education and awareness concerning the issue of marine debris and promoting the importance of thoughtful waste disposal.
We currently have three exciting initatives, with many opportunities for volunteers, sponsors and supporters to become involved.
WHITSUNDAY MARINE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM
The Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program is an on-going program focused on removing harmful marine debris from the islands and coastline to protect the iconic Whitsunday Region. 2013 was an amazing year with 37,908 kilograms removed, which included 23,600 kilograms as part of our rapid response to remove boat wreckage along the Airlie Beach foreshore after ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald and the marine debris collected by the community during Operation Clean Seas.
WHITSUNDAY TURTLE RESCUE CENTRE
Eco Barge, in conjunction with Fauna Rescue Whitsundays, has recently launched the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre at Eco Barge HQ to ensure that any sick and injured marine turtles are provided the care that they need. The Centre has four quarantine tanks, with 15 turtles receiving care in 2013. Related to this, a structured program is also being initiated using local volunteers to ensure a response to all reported turtle stranding events in the Whitsunday region. Click on the link for more information about Turtle Care at Eco Barge.
MACKAY COASTAL CLEAN UP
The Mackay Coastal Clean Up is a program designed to work with local businesses, families and individuals to coordinate the removal of marine debris from beaches in the Mackay region. Preparations are now underway for the FOURTH Clean Up, to be held on the weekend of 24 and 25 May 2014. This Mackay Coastal Clean Up, we will be targeting the southern beaches between Louisa Creek and Cape Palmerston.
The previous three events have been responsible for removing a total of 12,422 kilograms from beaches in Mackay and Sarina. To match the success of these previous Clean Ups we need both volunteers and supporters, so please register your interest to get involved!
OPERATION CLEAN SEAS
Eco Barge Clean Seas launched Operation Clean Seas in 2013, an exciting program that aimed to have ‘Our Community Cleaning Together’, for the purpose of removing large quantities of marine debris from the Whitsunday Region throughout April. Operation Clean Seas 2013 was a huge success, with fantastic community support and 4,904 kgs of marine debris and land-based litter removed!!!
OTHER EXCITING UPDATES
Cruise Whitsundays is now a partner of Eco Barge!! Cruise Whitsundays is our region's largest and most experienced marine tourism operator, advanced eco accredited and committed to ensuring the environment remains pristine for all to enjoy. The partnership is being undertaken to allow Eco Barge to continue benefiting the marine life and aquatic environment of the region while also providing the opportunity to engage Cruise Whitsundays employees and guests in the protection of the region’s natural environment. Click here to see the media release.
Eco Barge Clean Seas is a registered environmental organisation with Deductable Gift Receipt Status, meaning that any donations over $2 are fully tax deductable.
Whitsunday Marine Debris Collection 2014
2,845kg of 14,000kg