Beach clean up iden­ti­fies risks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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