According to a SUEZ, The Trustee for Wild Mob Trust has secured a $12,460 grant from the waste and water management company for its Marine Debris Audit, which is aimed at providing practical methods of sorting, itemising and categorising debris.
The funding will be used to help support the expansion of the Youth Ambassadors Program and carry out a public audit of marine debris collected by volunteers working in the Cumberland Islands. The audit will showcase practical methods of sorting, itemising and categorising debris such as plastic and other rubbish items recovered from turtle nesting beaches and coastal habitats.
Data collected from the audit will be uploaded to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Database, a national database dedicated to identifying how debris impacts different sections of the Australian coastline. The Youth Ambassadors Program and the marine audit helps Wild Mob advocate for change in reducing plastic pollution reaching the ocean.
Dr Derek Ball, Wild Mob CEO, said the grant meant the organisation could expand the Youth Ambassadors Program and achieve their goal to promote greater awareness of the impact of debris on our marine environments through the Marine Debris Audit.
“Single-use plastic is the biggest culprit, accumulating on islands in the Great Barrier Reef, causing damage to habitats and wildlife populations” Ball said.
“It’s great to have the community here and to raise awareness about the waste habits of humans and the devastating impact on critically endangered ecosystems, especially in the Great Barrier Reef.”
According to Briody Fahey, Wild Mob youth ambassador, as Youth Ambassadors, we feel it is extremely important for young people to step and take responsibility to care for the environment, particularly our fragile marine ecosystems in the Great Barrier Reef.
“In doing so, we hope to educate others on the problems our generation is having to address so we can work together with the wider community to create solutions and bring positive change,” Fahey added.
Kevin Condie, Mackay Depot Manager, attended the Marine Debris Audit on 20 January 2019 to present the cheque to Dr Ball.
“SUEZ is committed to working with local communities to preserve the oceans and avoid waste being released into our marine environments” said Kevin Condie, Mackay depot manager, who attended the Marine Debris Audit to present the cheque to Dr Ball.
“Projects such as the Marine Debris Audit are a great opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of waste and debris on our marine ecosystems and the importance of making sure our oceans and animal habitats are not polluted.”
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen also attended the presentation and congratulated Wild Mob on their conservation work.
“This is the kind of practical on-ground conservation work that produces great results in coastal areas around Mackay” Christensen said.
State Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert concluded that the state government’s recent ban on single-use plastic bags will see around 16 million less bags polluting the environment in Queensland.