Beach blitz nets mound of rub­bish

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ More than 500 items of rub­bish have been re­moved from re­mote Pil­bara is­land beaches as part of a clean-up by Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife staff and vol­un­teers.

The is­lands pro­vide nest­ing habi­tat for marine tur­tles and nest­ing, for­ag­ing and roost­ing grounds for mi­gra­tory birds.

DPaW Pil­bara project of­fi­cer Felic­ity Kelly said about 70kg of marine de­bris and camp­ing rub­bish had been col­lected from Bessieres Is­land, Locker Is­land and Ser­rurier Is­land na­ture re­serves.

“Alu­minium cans, plas­tic bot­tles, plas­tic bags, ropes, fish­ing equip­ment, cloth­ing, an esky, tubs, frag­ments of plas­tic and home­made toi­lets were among the items re­moved from the is­lands,” she said.

“Al­most 70 per cent of the litter was plas­tic items, which are harm­ful to wildlife as they can be mis­taken for prey and in­gested.”

Ms Kelly said a small ef­fort from visi­tors would keep the re­serves un­spoiled and safe for peo­ple and wildlife.

Pic­ture: Felic­ity Kelly

Rub­bish col­lected from re­mote beaches.

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