Magic clean-up at Woody
AN AMAZING show of community spirit brought together 49 volunteers and several boat crew to clean up a mangrove covered shingle cay next to Low Isles recently.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation director Heidi Taylor said Woody Island - closed to visitors between September and March - was a haven for pied imperial pigeons which live and breed on the island and everyone was keen to see what they would find in the clean-up.
“This was the first time since the pigeons departed that we had been on the island,” she said.
“The volunteer effort was focused on the windward side, where south-easterly winds throw up a lot of debris.
“As the bags came back it was clear this was going to be another massive haul.”
A whopping 637kg of marine debris was removed, with 400kg being hauled down from the mangroves alone.
The Australian Marine Debris Initiative is an on-ground program that removes debris from the Australian coastline and collects data on what is found and organises the clean-up events locally.
The marine debris database is used to help identify sources and solutions in an effort to improve the health of the marine and coastal environments.
Ms Taylor thanks all the volunteers on the day and Malone’s Butchers for the donation of sausages.
The next clean-up event will be held in Cooktown on Sunday, May 27. Visit www. tangaroablue.org for more information.