By SARAH BRIGGS*
IT was a lovely day it was for a clean-up on the Brighton Municipality foreshore. Great weather and a good turn out of 12 Chapter volunteers and 14 members of the general public. The other good news was seeing what a difference our previous clean up had made. We were there four months ago and there was so much rubbish we were only able to tackle about 150m of the foreshore. This time there was noticeably less rubbish in that area so we were able to spread out and cover nearly 800m which was very encouraging.
Our total haul was 2402 items. There was again a lot of broken glass, in total 887 pieces. There were 178 plastic drink bottles, 131 aluminium cans and 485 soft plastic remnant pieces. Once again we saved a lot of lives.
It was really helpful that everyone stayed to sort and count what they had collected. Not only does this help organisers but it gives participants a greater understanding of exactly what they had put in their bags and then to see it as part of what the whole group collected.
Thank you to Brighton Council for its support for this event. Thanks to Evan, Tom and Finn Hancock who had their photo taken for an article in the Mercury about the clean-up which helps to raise awareness of the event, and Sea Shepherd in general. Thanks to our volunteers who brought along flatmates and classmates to introduce them to clean-ups. Thanks to everyone who came and helped make such a difference for all the creatures who inhabit the river and the foreshore. Your efforts are much appreciated.
*Sarah Briggs Marine Debris Campaign coordinator for southern Tasmania