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2015 Campaign

The focus of Operation Clean Seas was to have Our Community Cleaning Together and we certainly achieved this, with 395 members of the community being involved in ten marine debris removal trips, two land-based clean-ups and various other individually organised activities during October. 

Eco Barge provided free Clean Seas Kits which included safety information and clean up equipment to members of the community. They were encouraged to spend a few minutes cleaning 'their' patch of the Whitsundays. Whether it was individuals cleaning their closest foreshore, businesses cleaning their street or those out undertaking fishing or boating activities going to an island to remove marine debris.

These efforts resulted in an amazing 5,338 kilograms of marine debris being removed, translating to more than 56,000 pieces of rubbish that are no longer at risk of harming the precious marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday region.

Operation Clean Seas was run as part of the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up, a broader initiative funded through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority delivered this program in partnership with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Eco Barge and local Reef Guardian Councils.

The amazing success of Operation Clean Seas also would not have been possible without the amazing support provided by:

Abel Point Marina 
Airlie Beach Hotel 
Annie's Swim School 
Cannonvale State School 
Cruise Whitsundays 
Derwent Hunter
Down Under Bar 
Hamilton Island Green Group 
New Horizon 
Ocean Rafting 
Orange Quote
Reef Catchments 
Reefstar Cruises 
Solway Lass 
Southern Cross Sailing Adventures 
Whitsunday Escape 
Whitsunday Sailing Club 

We are so thrilled with the outcome of Operation Clean Seas 2015 and the support from the community was just outstanding. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved. We as a community have really made a difference to protect the marine life and reducing the amount of marine debris in our local waters.



Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms