Narooma kids are citizen scientists

A group of Narooma High School students is participating in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative to look after our local beaches.

The initiative was formed by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris.

Together, the students and a representative from Eurobodalla Shire Council took this problem-solving process a step further.

The students collected rubbish; analysed and categorised the waste and contributed this data to the AMDI Database.

Unnatural marine debris is a major environmental issue. So far, Tangaroa Blue has estimated that 8 million tons of plastic travels through the ocean every year.

Results from the database tell us that approximately 75 per cent of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs.

Narooma High School students are very enthusiastic about the program having contacted Island View Resort Manager, Glen Peate about the possibility of installing two additional general waste bins and signage for beach users to dispose of rubbish responsibly.

Mr Peate has jumped on board as an active participant and looks forward to working in consultation with the students of Narooma High School.

Do you want to make a change? Together we can make a difference. If the never-ending supply of rubbish on the beach concerns you as much as it concerns us there are many ways you can get your hands on deck to make a change.

If a beach in your area needs a clean-up you too can take action. For any questions and queries contact info@tangaroablue.org