Our members have a large pool of passionate and dedicated people at their fingertips in the form of employees, engaged schools and community members and volunteers. This special resource has allowed some of our members to run clean-up programs in their areas.
Sea World Surfers Paradise see firsthand the damage litter can have on marine life and support local community groups every year to collect and remove ocean litter found at beaches. Since 2014, they’ve supported the removal of over 200,000 items of rubbish.
In the same vein, rubbish collected from SEA LIFE Trust’s beach clean-ups contributes to the marine debris within the Plastic Ocean display at their Sunshine Coast site (mentioned above). Each month they add rubbish collected from the beach clean-up, which allows guests to become part of the SEA LIFE community.
Sometimes cleaning up the mess means working with the animals impacted by plastic pollution. SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is the only turtle rehabilitation facility in NZ. They’ve been supporting wildlife rehabilitation for over 20 years and recently released two Green sea turtles back into the wild. It was a special release, as it coincided with the announcement of their newest partner, Countdown, the first New Zealand supermarket to announce they are going shopping plastic bag free.
Being a wildlife nurse, Perth Zoo’s Lisa Hills is also all too familiar with the detrimental effects of marine debris. Currently she is caring for a one-year-old endangered Loggerhead Turtle at the Perth Zoo hospital which is defecating tiny pieces of plastics. Noticing balloons were having a particularly devastating effect, she has tirelessly campaigned to educate and achieve change with businesses, schools, councils, event locations, and is even tackling the legislation on littering. In recognition for her ongoing efforts, Lisa was recently presented with an award from the Conservation Council of Australia, recognising how much community awareness she has generated and her commitment to protecting the WA Environment.