Marine Clean-Up Day nets 330kg of rubbish

RUBBISH was the enemy over the weekend, as locals joined forces to make the Coffs Coast a cleaner place on International Marine Clean-Up Day.

Staff from Solitary Islands Marine Park and the National Parks and Wildlife Service were out in force, cleaning up debris off Jones Beach and rocky shore south of Wooli.

Community education officer, Daniella Marks, said Wooli and the surrounds are a stunning part of the marine park marred by rubbish.

“It was a shame to see such a beautiful place sullied with camping remains and other rubbish,” Ms Marks said.

“The majority of rubbish collected was marine debris, washed up on the remote shores and had accumulated over time.”

Ms Marks said the 330kg of rubbish collected included tyres, camping bed frames, a fridge, part of an old boat and 14 bags of glass bottles, discarded fishing gear and plastics.

“These smaller pieces of plastic pose a threat to animals in the marine environment,” she said.

“The consequences are devastating as each year almost one million birds are killed by aquatic litter and an estimated 100,000 marine animals choke or get tangled in marine debris.”

Due to the remote location a helicopter was used to fly the four loads of rubbish across the Wooli Wooli River where it was loaded onto a truck and taken to the tip.

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