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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 engage the community to protect the marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday region by:
(1) removing marine debris to reduce its impacts;
(2) reducing land-based litter and littering behaviour to prevent the occurrence of local marine debris; and
(3) providing care for sick and injured marine turtles.
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. We are now in the monitoring phase of the program, having dealt with much of the previous accumulation of debris, with our aim being to undertake a minimum of 40 marine debris removal trips each year to tackle the marine debris that continues to arrive in the south-east trade winds. In 2014 we ran 40 trips, removing over 12,000 kilograms of primarily plastic marine debris.
WHITSUNDAY TURTLE RESCUE CENTRE
Eco Barge, in conjunction with Fauna Rescue Whitsundays, has 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 five quarantine tanks, with 24 turtles being rescued and 10 successful rehabilitations and releases in 2014. 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.
CLEAN STREETS AND CREEKS PROGRAM
The Clean Streets and Creeks clean-ups are an effective prevention program to reduce the threat of marine debris and to ensure that the marine life and environment are not impacted by our local rubbish. Thanks to Reef Catchments, land-based litter will again be removed through clean-ups that target rubbish found on our streets, creeks and foreshore areas to prevent it washing and blowing into the marine environment. In two clean-ups we have already removed an unbelievable 333 kilograms of rubbish!
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 SIXTH Clean Up, to be held on the weekend of 23 and 24 May 2015. This Mackay Coastal Clean Up will be targeting both the northern beaches of Mackay and the southern beaches of Sarina.
The previous five events has been responsible for removing a total of 20,048 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.
OTHER EXCITING UPDATES
While much of Airlie Beach was away visiting family and enjoying Christmas festivities the Eco Barge Turtle Team had hungry marine turtles to care for and feed. The efforts of these dedicated volunteers were rewarded though, with three of these turtles having fully recovered and being able to be released. 'Jem' was released on the 14th, 'Bubble' on the 15th and 'Kankama' on the 18th of January 2015. The release of Kankama was particularly exciting as this beautiful female adult green turtle had been receiving care at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre since July 2014. Click here to see the media release.
Eco Barge Clean Seas is a registered environmental organisation with Deductible Gift Receipt Status, meaning that any donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
Whitsunday Marine Debris Collection 2014
12,607kg of 14,000kg