CSIRO marine scientists have begun the painstaking task of data analysis after spending 18 months surveying debris on Australia’s coastline.
The results of the National Marine Debris Survey, the first of its scale in the world, will provide information to help guide Australia’s waste management and better protect marine life.
CSIRO led the survey as part of TeachWild, a marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia in partnership with CSIRO and founding partner Shell.
9-13 April, 2013- Teachers bring their classroom to Phillip and Rottnest Island’ to assess impact of marine debris on local wildlife
The condition of Phillip and Rottnest Island’s beaches is about to come under scrutiny as teachers from across Australia work alongside CSIRO scientists as part of TeachWild, a national marine debris research and education program.
Marine debris is largely made up of plastic, glass and fishing nets. It affects more than 270 species of animals worldwide, yet little is known about the full impact of marine debris on Australian wildlife.