Results from Sea Shepherd Australia Clean-ups
For nearly a decade volunteers from Sea Shepherd chapters around Australia have been participating in mainland beach clean-ups, dive club underwater clean-ups and conducting school visits educating students and educators on the importance of a healthy ocean.
In February 2016 Sea Shepherd Australia officially launched its Marine Debris Campaign.
From January to May 2016, Sea Shepherd’s Marine Debris Team removed over 152,000 items (weighing over 3,500 kilograms) of marine debris from beaches, rivers and inlets spread across the continent and offshore. This incredible work has involved over 1,000 passionate volunteers at 48 clean-ups organised by Sea Shepherd Australia.
We’re cleaning up as far away as the Cocos Keeling Islands off the north-west coast, Exmouth at the western tip of Australia, to Perth and Albany in the south of Western Australia; across to Adelaide, Mt Gambier, Hobart, Melbourne, Mallacoota, Sydney, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Darwin.
Each clean-up is revealing the extent that plastic is having on our oceans. Along with global reporting trends, plastic continues to be the no. 1 item collected - over 75% of debris removed by volunteers has been made of plastic.
Sea Shepherd Australia is calling for individuals, communities and businesses to support and participate in the Marine Debris Campaign’s clean-ups, events and educational activities.