It is estimated that approximately 6.4 million tons of litter ends up in the world's oceans each year, and that over 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating within every square kilometre of ocean.

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Eco Barge Clean Seas

Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. was established in Airlie Beach to engage the community to protect the precious marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday region.

This was initially undertaken with the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program to remove marine debris from the highly impacted beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, but now also includes reducing the amount of debris that enters our waterways through the Clean Streets and Creeks Program and the bi-annual Mackay Coastal Clean Up, as well as responding and caring for sick and injured marine turtles at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre.

Eco Barge also undertakes education and awareness activities within the community concerning the issue of marine debris, the importance of thoughtful waste disposal and what should be done in the event that a sick or injured marine turtle is encountered to ensure that all turtles are able to receive the care that they need.

Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation with a passionate and dedicated committee, 55 members and a register of over 500 volunteers.

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