Marine Debris

Our Marine Debris page focuses on the serious issue of rubbish in our waterways and ocean.


A couple of marine debris events are emerging as one of our volunteers from the University of Newcastle has helped to organise a marine debris kayak collection day for our last Landcare event.

We traversed the intertidal areas of Hexham Island and the South Arm of the Hunter River at Scotts Point, Ash Island and collected, measured and recorded marine debris on March 12th with support from Port of Newcastle and Intrepid Landcare. We are also planning a monitoring session collecting and recording marine debris at Stockton Sandspit as part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative’s database later in March.


During May to early June of 2016, Hunter Local Land Services sponsored a series of proactive clean-up events that focused on removing marine debris across the Hunter region. Events took place at locations such as Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Salamander Bay, Swansea and Stockton Beach.


Photo above: Tangaroa Blue encourage the public to join them at Stockton Beach.

A series of marine debris talks and discussions also took place at the Newcastle City Hall involving a range of subjects. For example — the potential and existing risks that can result from microplastics and plastic in general as well as the dangers and concerns that are held for marine life as they continue to live with marine debris in their habitat.