Beach Patrol

Come and join our Beach Patrol!

3193 Beach Patrols are usually held at 11am on the first Saturday of each month.

We are BACK!

The government has allowed groups of up to 200 people to meet outside, and Beach Patrol Australia has given us permission to restart our group beach clean ups with a few extra requirements.

Next 3193 BP/MCRP Beach Clean
When: Saturday 3 April 2021, 11 am
Where: Seaweed Beach between the Tea House and Life Saving Club at Ricketts Point

This month’s beach clean will be led by Beth Jensen.

Weather: Sunny Autumn Day with temperatures up to 30 degrees. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Check our FaceBook Page for Beach Patrol updates by clicking HERE.

Photos: We will be taking photos of our beach clean. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please let us know.

QR code:  A Government QR code is available to log your activity with us during this time for contact tracing purposes.

If you’re free come and join us.

  • 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 the Beach Patrol Australia website
  • To join is free – you do not have to be a member of Marine Care Ricketts Point
  • Receive a free 3193 Beach Patrol T-shirt on joining
  • Further details – Beth Jensen 0419 354 998, or click HERE


Our cleans will be a little different in this COVID environment.  Please read all the following information carefully.

We must follow COVID-safe guidelines, which include the following:


  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Are generally unwell and have any flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue or runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell).
  • Have been in direct contact with a person who has any (even mild) flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue or runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell).
  • Have been to any destination for which quarantine restrictions apply on your return (for example a designated COVID-19 hotspot).
  • Have been in direct contact with any person suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please stay 1.5 metres apart or wear a mask if you are unable to do so.  We are all still required to carry a mask with us outdoors, even if we do always not need to wear one.

COVID Beach Patrol equipment and practices:

For COVID safety reasons:

  • We will need to record your name and phone number for COVID tracing purposes;
  • You will need to bring your own gloves;
  • We also encourage you to bring your own litter pickers (buy from Bunnings or $2 shops) and buckets (you can buy them for approximately $1 at Bunnings) or Beach Patrol bags for $2.95 – see
  • However, we will continue to supply some plastic buckets and pickups, which will be disinfected before and after each event.

We really look forward to seeing you all again, and I’m sure the beach will look forward to a good group clean also. Have a safe and happy holiday time until then.


If you wish to do your own clean up during Covid-19 restrictions.

  1. Download the Litter Stopper app (Apple v3.1 & Android v1.1.1)
  2. Log the collected rubbish information in the app

Click on the turtle to find the App.



App Instructions

  1. Press Start Clean
  2. Select Beach Patrol or add in your own details
  3. Select Begin Without Timer
  4. Type in Your Location and postcode 
  5. Choose your Type of Cleaning area 
  6. Select Standard BP/LOS Clean to enter bottles/cans and coffee cups in all your collected rubbish. Finish collection when done.
  7. Follow the prompts in the app to enter details
  8. Hit Submit and upload photo (if you wish)

If experiencing difficulty refer to instructions on each page. 

Make sure you dispose of waste appropriately – rubbish in the rubbish bins, recycling in the recycling bins – you know the drill. If in doubt about touching any object, please just leave it where it lies. Data will be published on a week after the event.


 Port Phillip Bay Litter

  • over 95% of the litter on our beaches and in the Bay comes from the Bay catchment area itself, not from the outside ocean – e.g. from the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers, other creeks and storm drains.
    • 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 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. and
  • 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.



Reminder – Our October Beach Clean Is This Saturday!

When: Saturday, 1 March 2020, 11 am Where:  Beaumaris Life Saving Club, Ricketts Point. Look out for our MCRP flag on the beach.

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Oceans of Plastic –  Plastics Pollution

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