Aware of a clean marine

COFFS HARBOUR'S marine environment will be looking a little healthier after Saturday.

That's when Project AWARE's international clean-up day is being held, and the local focus will be on our harbourside area, as well as the international marina and Coffs Creek.

The National Marine Science Centre (NMSC), a partner in the clean-up, will be sending a volunteer team to dive and clean at the jetty and beach, and will use the event to collect valuable scientific data.

The NMSC will supply a boat for the dive team and a shore-based cleaning team.

Project AWARE is one of the dive community's leading non-profit environmental organisations dedicated to conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.

Jetty Dive Centre is co-ordinating the local effort.

Associate Professor Steve Smith is organising the NMSC's efforts and is planning to conduct surveys of debris at the jetty both before and after the clean-up.

"The whole scientific aspect of the program will provide a valuable baseline for assessing debris accumulation rates down the track," Dr Smith said.

"Activities for the day will revolve around the Jetty Dive Centre shop, with a barbecue and raffle to conclude business."

Volunteers can register with Jetty Dive Centre on, or phoning 66511 611.

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