Litter is an increasing problem for local land managers as the population and tourist numbers continue to grow along the Great Ocean Road coastline.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has partnered with Zoos Victoria and Tangaroa Blue to help collect and record rubbish data into the Australian Marine Debris Database for the national study. Read more →
Have you ever considered where the piece of plastic blowing on the beach came from? A team of dedicated reasearch scientists have made it their mission to trace rubbish and debris on our beaches back to it’s source.
This research is being conducted to better understand the impact of debris on marine eco-systems.
The team of marine scientists led by CSIRO Research Scientist Dr Britta Denise Hardesty are stopping every 100km around the Australian coastline to catalogue rubbish and debris.
Dr Hardesty said debris collected during the surveys will be analysed by looking for barcodes and other identifying markers to determine its origin.
“This research will allow us to determine the distribution of marine debris and whether the debris comes from land based sources or washes in from the sea.
Information about the sources of this rubbish and debris will help create a national map of areas where marine wildlife is likely to encounter debris and determine which animals are most at risk of harm.
“Information about the sources of this rubbish and debris will help create a national map of areas where marine wildlife is likely to encounter debris and determine which animals are most at risk of harm,” she said.
Studies by CSIRO and other research organisations have revealed more than 270 species of marine animals are affected by marine debris worldwide.
This YouTube clip demonstrates why it’s important to make sure you dispose of rubbish correctly.