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Remote island beaches cleaned up

More than 500 items of rubbish have been removed from remote Pilbara island beaches as part of a clean-up by Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers.

Parks and Wildlife Pilbara project officer Felicity Kelly said about 70kg of marine debris and camping rubbish had been collected from Bessieres Island, Locker Island and Serrurier Island nature reserves.  

“Aluminium cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, ropes, fishing equipment, clothing, an esky, tubs, fragments of plastic and homemade toilets were among the items removed from the islands,” she said.

“Almost 70 per cent of the litter was plastic items, which are harmful to wildlife as they can be mistaken for prey and ingested, potentially leading to starvation and suffocation.

“Entanglement in ropes, fishing line and bags also pose a threat to marine wildlife including marine turtles, dugong, dolphins, whales, seabirds and shorebirds.”

Ms Kelly said the amount of rubbish collected from the islands was concerning, particularly as most of it originated from camping and fishing activities in the local area.

“The Pilbara Island Nature Reserves provide nesting habitat for threatened marine turtles and nesting, foraging and roosting grounds for many migratory birds, and a small amount of effort from visitors will keep the reserves safe and unspoiled for both people and wildlife,” she said.

Things you can do to help protect wildlife from harmful marine debris:

•             Leave no trace - bring back your waste.

•             Discard all rubbish items appropriately once back on the mainland.

•             If you see rubbish please pick it up.

For more information on keeping the marine environment clean visit

http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/campaigns/clean-marine/40-ways-to-a-clean-marine-environment

 

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