Environment

Not just a regular clean up, says Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd campaigner Marina Henson says this weekend’s clean up campaign at Cottesloe Beach will be unlike any other.

Marina Henson from marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd. Photo: Matthew Paddick.

The focus for the event is plastic nurdles which are small pieces of plastic used to make most plastic products.

Sea Shepherd will collect the data from all clean ups around the world which will show where nurdles are most present.

Hundreds of concerned beachgoers are expected to turn out at Cottesloe Beach on Sunday March 15 to clear away the litter.

According to Clean Up Australia’s 2019 report, 19 per cent of all rubbish in WA is found on our beaches.

Ms Henson said all parties needed to make smart choices when it comes to litter prevention.

“It might be that people invest in something that’s reusable rather than constantly buying a bottle of water every time they go out.

“Plastic shouldn’t be seen as convenient.

“The industry that produces all this plastic needs to be held to account.”

Coastal Clean Up Crew leader Lukas Grone said while industry shares part of the blame, the onus was on consumers to dispose of their rubbish.

A 2019 study by Keep Australia Beautiful found the litter count at beaches had decreased by 59 per cent.

Ms Henson said legislative change was a necessity for the future to create noticeable change.

“We’ve got a willingness in the community for people to reduce their plastic use,” Ms Henson said.

“We’ve seen that through the plastic bag ban.

“We’ve noticed a big reduction in whole plastic bags since the plastic bag ban came into Western Australia.”

Mr Grone said the nurdles to be collected on Sunday were harmful for fauna in Australia, in particular birds and turtles.

“They can’t digest the plastic, so it builds up in their stomach,” he said.

“Eventually they will starve to death because they can’t consume the food.”

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