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Latest News 2015

Earlier this year our Eco Ambassadors entered Eco Barge into Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World grant programme. Eco Barge successfully made it through to the final three, and then, thanks to all your help, won the public voting stage too. So far this has won Eco Barge $10,000 to put towards caring for our sick and injured turtles and the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Programme. The Grand final is due to take place early 2016, with the opportunity to win a further $25,000!!


Eco Barge is delighted to be relaunching it’s month-long initiative Operation Clean Seas this October as part of the Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Clean-up. The focus of Operation Clean Seas is to have Our Community Cleaning Together and for the entire month of October, Eco Barge will be encouraging everyone out on the water to take a few minutes out of their fishing or boating activities to remove marine debris from the Whitsunday islands and coast.


Eco Barge Clean Seas is excited to announce that their partnership with Cruise Whitsundays has continued into 2015, with these organisations both committed to the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands for the local community, as well as the many tourists that visit the region each year. We loved working with Cruise Whitsundays last year and are obviously thrilled with the continuation of the partnership with such support being invaluable to the operation of both the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program and the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre. Click here to see the media release.


While much of Airlie Beach was away visiting family and enjoying Christmas festivities the Eco Barge Turtle Team had hungry marine turtles to care for and feed. The efforts of these dedicated volunteers were rewarded though, with three of these turtles having fully recovered and being able to be released. 'Jem' was released on the 14th, 'Bubble' on the 15th and 'Kankama' on the 18th of January 2015. The release of Kankama was particularly exciting as this beautiful female adult green turtle had been receiving care at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre since July 2014. Click here to see the media release.

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