Beach clean up identifies risks
ENVIRONMENTAL group Tangaroa Blue Foundation has provided information to both the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy and the Australian Border Force (ABF) after hundreds of Vietnamese water bottles were documented during the 2016 Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) events in Cape York.
As part of Australian Marine Debris Initiative, volunteers record how many of each item has been found during beach/river clean-ups, and any brand and barcode information.
Heidi Taylor, managing director of Tangaroa Blue Foundation said, “we have pretty comprehensive database on what regularly washes up along this section of coast.
“We were able to quickly identify several Vietnamese water bottle brands that we had never seen before, that were washing up in large numbers, and were very new, with expiry dates of 2017 on the labels. This indicated to us a source that was close by, and that these bottles had not floated from Vietnam.”
Mr Jonathan Benyei, of the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy said, “Tangaroa Blue and indigenous ranger groups play a vital role in conducting biosecurity surveillance to protect, maintain and build cultural heritage, environmental assets and our freedom from pests and diseases.