As part of this year’s Mirbi Festival, the community was invited to participate in the Tangaroa Reefclean Beach Cleanup at Barnet Heads.
The event takes place on Thursday, November 3rd from 10am to noon on the foreshore of Oaks Beach.
ReefClean project coordinator Ian Anderson of the Gladstone area said cleanup is an important part of the Mirbi festival and clean beaches are essential for sea turtle nesting.
“Community cleanup is an important part of our activities at Tangaroa, where all members of the community participate and help us to prevent the impact of marine litter and its reach in the first place. I have the opportunity to learn more about what you can do,” he said.
“Clean beaches are important for egg-laying turtles, coastal birds and marine life, especially for the Bundaberg area.”
At this year’s event, participants will participate in researching details from the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database before participating in their own cleanup.
“At this year’s event, volunteers will learn about the work of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the citizen science program AMDI database (Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database),” said Ian.
“They will then have the opportunity to participate in the Oaks Beach beach cleanup, collecting artifacts and returning them to the sorting area.
“For the second part of the day, we will sort and count what is collected and enter the data into the ADI database using an easy-to-use mobile app.”
As part of the event, Tangaroa will provide all necessary equipment such as bags, gloves and garbage pickers.
Participants are encouraged to bring a cotton t-shirt that can be screen printed with ReefClean prints on the day.
Event details and registration can be found here.
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