CLEAN-UP: Findings from surveys of beaches will be discussed at Friday’s event.
CLEAN-UP: Findings from surveys of beaches will be discussed at Friday’s event. Contributed

Talking trash on our local beaches

RAISING awareness about the effects of marine pollution on our oceans and creatures that call them home will be the focus of a film night at National Marine Science Centre.

Friday’s event will include a screening of award-winning documentary Bag It and a presentation discussing positive actions for reducing marine debris.

Organiser Shelli Van Santen is studying a masters degree in marine science at the NMSC and recently took part in surveys on local beaches.

“I felt like I needed to do something other than research and take a hands-on approach to make a difference,” she said.

“I got in contact with the not-for-profit group Positive Change for Marine Life that were doing beach surveys across Australia and internationally.”

Joined by other volunteers, Shelli surveyed the range and extent of marine pollution.

“It’s been different on each beach,” she said.

“In Sawtell we found a lot of cigarette butts on the beach and at Coffs Jetty we found a lot of fishing gear washing in from boats.

“We also did Little Diggers and it was very dirty with lots of debris to the point we couldn’t pick it all up in the time frame we had.”

Shelli said Friday’s event was designed to promote awareness and solutions.

“We can all make small changes in our life that can make a difference,” she said.

The film night and presentation will be held from 5.30pm at the National Marine Science Centre.



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