Eco Barge at­tracts na­tional in­ter­est

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ECO BARGE Clean Seas founder Libby Edge met with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Coca-Cola South Pa­cific and Catch­ment So­lu­tions (Reef Catch­ments) on Thurs­day to dis­cuss all things tur­tles and Eco Barge.

The en­tourage, which was made up of WWF CEO Der­mot O’Gorman, na­tional project co­or­di­na­tor Ian McConnell, Coca-Cola South Pa­cific CEO Roberto Mer­cale and Reef Catch­ments se­nior project con­sul­tant Rob Ec­cles, vis­ited Blooms­bury cane farmer Scott Simp­son be­fore meet­ing with Ms Edge at Eco Barge HQ in Ju­bilee Pocket.

All three or­gan­i­sa­tions are part­ners in Project Cat­a­lyst, an ini­tia­tive that strives to re­duce the nu­tri­ent, fer­tiliser and pol­lu­tant run-off on the Great Bar­rier Reef. Ms Edge said Thurs­day was an in­ter­est­ing day for the na­tional vis­i­tors as the Whit­sun­day Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre was host­ing stu­dents from James Cook Uni­ver­sity who were ex­am­in­ing de­ceased tur­tles to un­der­stand why they had died.

Ms Edge then took the men on a tour of the res­cue cen­tre and briefed them on the Whit­sun­day Marine De­bris Re­moval Pro­gram.

Coca-Cola South Pa­cific CEO Roberto Mer­cale looked on in awe and said he had great ad­mi­ra­tion for Ms Edge. “I like tur­tles and I like see­ing such a young woman mak­ing a change – you can see the pas­sion in her eyes,” he said.

Ms Edge said to date they have re- moved over 120 tonne of de­bris in the Whit­sun­days. On Fri­day the men trav­elled to Bowen to visit a tur­tle project WWF had been in­volved in for nearly 10 years.

WWF CEO Der­mot O’Gorman said the project mon­i­tors tur­tle health and pop­u­la­tion size in the Bowen re­gion and that they looked for­ward to as­sess­ing its de­vel­op­ments.

SPE­CIAL VISIT: Catch­ment So­lu­tions (Reef Catch­ments) se­nior project con­sul­tant Rob Ec­cles, World Wildlife Fund CEO Der­mot O’Gorman, Eco Barge Clean Seas founder Libby Edge, Coca-Cola South Pa­cific Roberto Mer­cale and World Wildlife Fund na­tional project co­or­di­na­tor Ian McConnell at Eco Barge HQ last Thurs­day.

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