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Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 114,288 kilograms

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 debirs, with our aim being to undertake 40 marine debris removal trips each year to tackle the marine debris that continues to arrive in the south-east trade winds. So far in 2014 we have undertaken 30 trips, removing over 7,000 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 four quarantine tanks, with 26 turtles receiving care since its launch in May 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 FIFTH Clean Up to be held on the weekend of 18 and 19 October 2014. For this Mackay Coastal Clean Up, we will be targeting the northern beaches between Cape Hillsborough and Dudgeon Point.

The previous four events have been responsible for removing a total of 15,978 kilograms from beaches in Mackay and Sarina. To match the success of these previous Clean Ups we need as many volunteers as posible so please register your interest to get involved!

OTHER EXCITING UPDATES

After a successful partnership in 2013, BMC has increased its support for Eco Barge through the BMC Oceancare partnership to ensure the continued success of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program, and to help strengthen the activities of the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre to ensure all sick and injured turtles in the region receive the care that they need. The support that is provided through partnerships is invaluable to the operation of Eco Barge and its programs, with this latest partnership also including a specific focus of education in the community, particularly schools, on the issue of marine debris, as well as the plight that is current faced by marine turtles.

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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

Collected
7,269kg of 14,000kg