Tangaroa cleans up every way
IT was a very busy Saturday for Tangaroa Blue Foundation which spent the morning cleaning Woody Island before receiving a $ 5000 donation that evening at the Cairns Underwater Film Festival.
Around 30 Tangaroa Blue volunteers spent the day on Saturday cleaning Woody Island, located next to Low Isles, in preparation for the closure of the island ready for the migration pigeons from September.
Tangaroa managing director Heidi Taylor said the coral/sandy sections of the island were covered by foot, the mangrove section by paddle boards/boats and five divers cleaned underwater at Low Isles to collect 215kg of debris - over 25 bags.
‘‘In the midst of all the rubbish-collecting excitement, the volunteers swam past a massive sleeping green turtle. It was a beautiful dive and they had a great time enjoying the reef and helping the cause,’’ she said.
‘‘Most common items collected were 669 bits of broken hard plastic, 260 plastic lids and bottle tops, 216 pieces of foam, 163 pieces of weather balloon and 133 plastic drink bottles.’’
After cleaning all morning the volunteers enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Low Isles before heading back to Cairns for the Underwater Film Festival.
Ms Taylor said they were thrilled to be supported by this year’s Festival and will use the $5000 they received to continue running clean up events and also tracking the debris to the source to find find solutions to stop it from entering waterways in the first place.
‘‘As our federal government funding wound up on June 30th, donations like this one, are vital in helping keep the Australian Marine Debris Initiative running across our region and Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘ We would like to thank everyone that attended on the night and the Cairns Underwater Film Festival organisers for their support, and congratulate all the winners for their stunning images.’’
The next Tangaroa Blue Foundation clean up is on October 27 at Cape Kimberley and Snapper Island in November, for more information please visit www.tangaroablue.org
CLEAN UP: Tangaroa Blue clean up at Low Isles and Woody Island