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Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 119,056 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.


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. So far in 2014 we have undertaken 39 trips, removing over 12,000 kilograms of primarily plastic marine debris


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 23 turtles receiving care and 6 successful rehabilitations and releases so far 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.


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 fifth Clean Up was held on the weekend of 18 and 19 October 2014, with the northern beaches between Cape Hillsborough and Dudgeon Point being targeted. Click here to see the details of the latest Clean Up.

In total, the Mackay Coastal Clean Up has now been responsible for removing an amazing of 20,048 kilograms from beaches in Mackay and Sarina and we look forward to undertaking the sixth clean up in May 2015 that will focus on the southern beaches of Sarina.


Thanks to their partnership with Cruise Whitsundays, Eco Barge was able to achieve another one of their dreams, undertaking a four-day expedition to remove marine debris from the southern Whitsunday Islands. From the 18th to the 21st of November 11 amazing volunteers removed 2,748 kilograms of marine debris from 10 beaches on Shaw, Thomas, Repulse and Maher Islands. A huge thanks to everyone, especially the cook who refilled our energy levels with delicious food and the team at Linderman Island that allowed us to rest our weary heads in comfort each night!


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

12,037kg of 14,000kg