Community callout for ReefBlitz this weekend
THE call is now out for Whitsunday residents to sign up for this weekend’s ReefBlitz, which is taking place at Cannonvale Beach.
The two-day event, which is an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, is expected to involve about 250 school children and more than 300 locals, from October 24-25.
Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc founder Libby Edge is just one of the many locals who have put their hands up to become involved.
Ms Edge will be conducting a beach cleanup at 11am on Saturday, followed by a talk on caring for marine turtles at 12.30pm.
While cleaning up the beach is just one aspect of ReefBlitz, Ms Edge says this is a task locals can learn a lot from.
“[And] I think it’s a wonderful opportunity [for us] to show the community what we do with a beach clean-up and also the types of litter we’re finding and how we try to trace those back to their origins,” she said.
Ms Edge said the types of litter she expected to find at Cannonvale Beach included cable ties and cigarette butts and she warned that this sort of land-based litter eventually found its way to the sea.
ReefBlitz 2014 is expected to give ordinary people practical opportunities to contribute to the preservation of the reef, through activities such as gathering scientific data and information that is relevant to the reef managers, users and policy makers.
An official launch of the event will be held on Saturday, at 10am.
For more information or to pre-register for the event, visit www.barrierreef.org/reefblitz.
CALL TO COMMUNITY: Eco Barge Clean Seas founder Libby Edge is calling on the local community to become involved in this weekend's ReefBlitz from October 24-25.