Join the Marine Debris Team
Sea Shepherd chapters located around Australia regularly organise local beach/waterway clean-ups.
Passionate people are encouraged to join their local Sea Shepherd Australia Marine Debris Team. Volunteers are notified of any scheduled clean-ups being organised by their chapter.
If you would like to volunteer at one of our public beach cleans check the events calendar on our dedicated Sea Shepherd Australia Marine Debris Campaign Facebook page.
What can I do to reduce marine debris and protect our oceans?
There are many ways you can make a contribution to reducing marine debris:
- Become a volunteer with a Sea Shepherd Australia Marine Debris Team in your local area
- Do the 4-R’s: Reduce – Reuse – Recycle - Recover!
- Enjoy the marine environment responsibly and dispose of your rubbish to stop it becoming marine debris
- Consume wisely and help to reduce demand for materials that are possible sources of marine debris:
- Avoid single-use plastic items (such as straws, cutlery, food and beverage containers, coffee cups, balloons etc.).
- Bring your own (BYO) reusable shopping bags, containers, drink bottles or KeepCup coffee cups. Every item you BYO is one less potential piece of marine debris. The Sea Shepherd e-store has several items that replace single use (KeepCups, bags and water bottles).
- Choose beauty/cleansing products that don't contain microbeads. To find out if a product contains microbeads check the Beat the Microbead Website
- Support container deposit schemes and other recycling initiatives. You can search for recycling options for each product at www.recyclingnearyou.com.au or call the National Recycling Hotline: 1300 733 712.
- Pick up rubbish when you see it and encourage others to dispose of theirs responsibly