Com­mu­nity call­out for ReefBlitz this week­end

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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