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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. 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. The Clean Up event will be held in Mackay and Sarina twice a year over a weekend for three years. The FOURTH Clean Up was held on 24 and 25 May and thanks to everyone involved the weekend was another amazing success!
The focus of this Clean Up was the southern beaches of Mackay, with ten beaches being targeted between Louisa Creek Beach and Cape Palmerston. On Saturday 157 volunteers assisted to remove 1,781 kilograms of marine debris and on Sunday another 134 volunteers helped us to remove 1,775 kilograms. The Mackay Coastal Clean Up has now been responsible for removing 15,978 kgs from beaches in Mackay and Sarina!!
A huge thank you to the BMA HPX3 project, all our supporters, beach adopters and the Mackay and Sarina community for getting behind this event to make it such a success. We look forward to our next Clean Up that will focus on the northern beaches of Mackay on 18 and 19 October 2014.
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!!! We are currently looking for a major sponosor to allow us to undertake Opearation Clean Seas 2014, so please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.
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 Deductible Gift Receipt Status, meaning that any donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
Whitsunday Marine Debris Collection 2014
6,576kg of 14,000kg