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Beach Patrol

Come and join our Beach Patrol!

11am on the first Saturday of each month (except July and January)

  • A chance to socialise whilst getting exercise and doing your bit for the environment
  • Members are notified each month of the specific location for the beach clean by email, or check on the Beach Patrol Australia website beachpatrol.com.au
  • To join is free – you do not have to be a member of Marine Care Ricketts Point
  • Receive a classy free T-shirt on joining
  • Further details – contact Hazel m 0478 526 820 or Beth Jensen 0419 354 998, or click HERE
  • the Beach Patrol Australia website beachpatrol.com.au
  • To join is free – you do not have to be a member of Marine Care Ricketts Point
  • Receive a classy free T-shirt on joining
  • Further details – contact Hazel m 0478 526 820 or Beth Jensen 0419 354 998, or click HERE

 Port Phillip Bay Litter

  • over 95% of the litter on our beaches and in the Bay comes from within the Bay catchment area itself, not from the outside ocean – i.e. from the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers, other creeks and storm drains
    • so it is within our own control to reduce our litter
    • most of this pollution comes down the Yarra River and washes up on beaches through the ‘Yarra Plume’ phenomenon
  • check beachpatrol.com.au to see what types and amounts of litter we collect

Oceans of Plastic –  Plastics Pollution

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the earth’s oceans than weight of fish! (World Economic Forum, 2016)

  • Plastic material is the most common litter that we collect from our beaches
  • Plastics kill sea birds, fish, turtles, and other marine life; beautiful animals that ingest or get caught in plastic die a slow, painful death. We are responsible for this
  • Heavy metals adhere to plastics and cause health problems in the whole food chain – including eventually humans. If we actually care for our own health, then we must stop this here.

We advocate 

  • banning single use plastic bags (as other Australian states have done) Click HERE
  • a 10 container deposit scheme (as other Australian states have introduced) Click HERE
  • Not using balloons for celebrations/memorials (as advocated by Melbourne Zoo) Click HEREIf you find any balloon fragments on the beach please send photos/information to Ben and Ross. BSanders@zoo.org.au and Ross@hedifen.com
  • remediation work of rivers up-stream, and drains, to prevent pollution reaching the Bay

Winner of Bayside City Council Australia Day Environment Award 2016!

TBeach patrol winner Australia dayhe Australia Day Environment Awards recognise the environmental excellence of individual Bayside residents or an organisation by taking leadership in the local community with an initiative, project and/or activity. The Award particularly recognises those residents that aim to empower and inspire others, form partnerships and show commitment and perseverance. Beach Patrol 3193 Ricketts Point – won the organisation award in honour of its work protecting the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

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Oceans of Plastic –  Plastics Pollution

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the earth’s oceans than weight of fish! (World Economic Forum, 2016) Plastics are so ubiquitous that we don’t even notice them.  Plastic bags, bottles, nappies, balloons, cigarette butts – very little manages to get into recycling.  They blow around, end up down drains, and invariably end up
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