Sea World has launched the fifth year of their ocean litter grant program. The Community Marine Debris (CMD) Program provides grants of up to $1500 for waterway clean-up projects in South East Queensland. Funding of up to $2000 per project will be available for sites within designed hot spot areas.
Waterway litter, particularly plastic and discarded fishing gear, poses a serious threat to turtles and other wildlife. Understanding the range of items and their potential source is a vital step in creating a positive future for wildlife.
Each project is to be completed by 1 October and can be conducted in or near freshwater, brackish or marine waterways. Debris data is to be collected and recorded in accordance with methodology set out by Tangaroa Blue which coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
The program was launched in 2014 in partnership with Healthy Land and Water. Since then they have supported 32 community groups with $40,000 in funding to remove over 200,000 items of rubbish from beaches and waterways across South East Queensland. Healthy Land and Water and Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation can assist in training the successful applicants in both data collection and reporting.
Grant applications close 5pm AEST 1 APRIL