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ECO Barge has once again un­der­taken an ex­pe­di­tion to the southern Whit­sun­day is­lands, where vol­un­teers re­moved 2614 kilo­grams of marine de­bris in just three days.

Eco Barge’s ex­pe­di­tions pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the is­lands fur­ther south that are the first point of con­tact for marine de­bris, which is brought into the re­gion by the south-east trade winds.

Project co-or­di­na­tor at Eco Barge, Jackie Smith, said marine de­bris could be found all along the coast­line of Aus­tralia, yet the is­sue was in­ten­si­fied in the Whit­sun­day re­gion due to the is­lands and the num­ber of south-east fac­ing bays.

“We know that the southern is­lands are highly im­pacted, but they are dif­fi­cult to clean in a stan­dard day trip due to their dis­tance from Air­lie Beach,” she said.

The ex­pe­di­tion was based at Linderman Is­land with White Horse Aus­tralia pro­vid­ing ac- com­mo­da­tion for the 10 vol­un­teers. Eleven beaches were cleaned up on Linne, Tin­smith, Gold­smith, Black­smith, Thomas and Keyser Is­lands.

Found­ing chair of Eco Barge Libby Edge ap­plauded the ef­forts by the vol­un­teers.

“The huge ac­cu­mu­la­tion that we found on th­ese beaches re­minded us of what all the is­lands looked like be­fore the Whit­sun­day Marine De­bris Re­moval Pro­gram was launched. It is a great re­minder of the pos­i­tive im­pacts that we are hav­ing in the re­gion,” she said.

A to­tal of 15,940 kilo­grams of marine de­bris has been re­moved to date in 2015, bring­ing the amount of de­bris re­moved since the launch of the pro­gram in July 2009 to 135.6 tonnes.

For more in­for­ma­tion , visit www.eco­barge­clean seas.org.au.

Pho­tos: Con­trib­uted

RUB­BISH HAUL: All the rub­bish col­lected dur­ing the south is­lands mis­sion.

The Eco Barge crew with their 2.6 tonne haul of rub­bish.

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