On Sat, 15 July, 10am-1pm we will host another Yarra bank clean up event, this time in support of the worldwide Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign. The Park’s western boundary runs along the edge of the Yarra close to the river mouth. Collecting debris – mostly plastic – that washes onto on beach and rock wall there, stops it entering Port Phillip Bay. Here’s what the Sea Shepherd have to say about the problem:
Each year millions of tonnes of marine debris enters our oceans injuring and killing more than a million sea birds and 100 million marine animals through entanglement, suffocation and ingestion.
“Many people don’t fully realise the harmful effects of toxic particles found in marine debris, particularly microplastics. The toxins in the plastic particles intensify as they are passed up the food chain and are quickly becoming, not only a massive threat to marine animals everywhere, but also a serious health risk to humans,” said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia.
“Given that there are currently 18,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every square kilometre of the world’s oceans and that an estimated 44% of marine mammals, 86% of sea turtles and up to 90% of seabirds have plastic in their guts, every piece of plastic we stop from entering the ocean is a potential life saved.”
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