Beach blitz nets mound of rubbish
■ 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.
Rubbish collected from remote beaches.