Plastic Ocean

Doesn't matter where you go, everywhere is covered in plastic. We need to pull our fingers out and try to stop the plastic tide from destroying us. I've been gathering/cleaning up quite a bit lately and trying to identify where it is coming from. Roughly 50% is coming from fishing activitiess in my area, both rec and commercial, c'mon guys pull yo finger out and stop it from entering our waterways.


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Yes we all have to do our bit...

Fri, 2019-05-24 09:20

 

I fear we have a lot of work to do....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVnMBGXVVUI

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been to Bali? encouragingly

Fri, 2019-05-24 10:30

been to Bali?

encouragingly there is a new filter being trialled in marinas here in Perth - small steps but all helps

https://seabinproject.com/

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From memory I've lost a

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:11

From memory I've lost a plastic bag twice on the water out fishing in 15 years....both times I've turned around and collected them.

See it as Karma big time when on the water....small i know but always wrap my shit up properly for disposal.

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Thumbs up! plastic bags are

Fri, 2019-05-24 16:30

Thumbs up!
plastic bags are not only a threat to the environment - but also to water intakes! - we sucked up a back going through the harbour which clogged the heat exchanger - luckily the overheat alarms operated as designed and we shut the engine down before a major damage was done -

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Cocos Island

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:44

I went to Cocos Island a couple of years ago.

We went on a kayaking tour one day and ended up on an island...I think it was called South Island. We went for a walk onto the seaward side and was gutted by what we saw.

The whole seaward side was covered in rubbish. I'm not talking a little bit, this would have been 10's of tons of rubbish I expect.

By far the majority of it by number was small plastic cups...like the ones you get with water in a plane. There was literally thousands of them. I was told they come from Bali.

Have a look at this

https://www.news.com.au/world/pacific/238-tonnes-of-plastic-wash-up-on-last-ocean-paradise/news-story/3b6f7b24aaba9c4d6154d7a9ed3ee5f9

For such a beautiful place, this sight was gut wrenching

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Re-cycling?

Fri, 2019-05-24 18:34

We don't have the technology ..yet.. to fix this ever growing problem. I've heard estimates of about 8 million tons of plastic finds it way into the water every year, that will grow exponentially with population growth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrlEsPoyJk

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Pick up three for the sea

Fri, 2019-05-24 19:19

Pick up three for the sea every time.

a fortnight ago, coming into woodies point, had the kids asleep either side of the console. Saw a plastic milk bottle floating so headed over to get it as a tug boat was coming out. Approached the bottle and powered off whilst the tug boat waves decided to crest and smash over the bow of the boat. Kids both wake up with a wave rolling down the deck...

got the bottle and let off the hook by the kids.

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Australia needs

Fri, 2019-05-24 19:26

To invest in small mobile ALL plastic re-cycling machines. Fuck going to Mars and shit, we got some serious stuff going on right here.

 

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Couldn' agree more

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:18

We (humans that is) have made a big enough mess of this planet we don't need to go to another and pollute that to hell and back.
I'm not a tree hugger by any means but... if you look at how much stuff is a one use only then chuck it it is unbelievable just have a look at all the crap that surrounds the stuff you get when you buy your weekly shopping..
I think there should be very (repeat) big signs at launching ramps telling people to bring their rubbish back to shore and place in the bins provided for such stuff.

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 We have on many occasions

Sat, 2019-05-25 03:30

 We have on many occasions collected rubbish from the water. Always stow all our rubbish until we get home . Not good when you see beaches covered with crap

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