Marine debris

Marine debris is unnatural waste that finds its way into the marine environment.  There are two broad categories of marine debris:

  • debris which can be readily seen with the naked eye, and
  • microplastic particles <1mm long.

Visible debris is increasingly evident in our waterway as our population grows.  Marine debris

  • ruins how the waterway looks, thereby discouraging visitors and tourists,
  • damages wildlife and ecosystem function,
  • is a general indicator of whether our waterway community cares for the waterway.

In our waterway, marine debris tends to accumulate at areas of high public use and on western facing beaches.  Marine debris is managed by preventing waste from entering the waterway, and removing waste from the waterway and disposing of it appropriately.

You can help!

Collaborating to clean up the channel

The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration coordinate coastal clean ups each year. To find out more contact the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration Coordinator, Nepelle Crane, at ncrane@nrmsouth.org.au for more information. And read about the clean ups here...

Other ways to help

If you are already helping or want to help you can:

  • upload images of what you collect to www.twohandsproject.org and our map of the waterway.
  • join others by participating in Clean Up events around the waterway.
  • Report marine debris for clean-up.  Huon Aquaculture, Tassal, and the Bruny Island Shellfish Growers Association have agreed and adopted stewardship of significant areas of the waterway.  This map will let you know whom best to contact.

Contact the Collaboration if you wish to:

  • Report marine debris for clean-up, especially in areas not covered by Huon Aquaculture, Tassal, or the Bruny Island Shellfish Grower Association,
  • Find educational sources on marine debris,
  • Connect with others who are concerned about this issue.