• Hannah Phillips

Adopt a Beach on the EP

Locals and community groups in the Eyre Peninsula are stepping up to address the issue of marine debris on local beaches.

Over the past 10 years, volunteers from the Eyre Peninsula have been collecting and analysing marine debris revealing the beaches still require attention.

NRM Coastal Officer Gemma Marshall encourages groups and individuals who are interested in adopting a beach for clean up, and importantly to learn how to record marine debris using a standardised method so it counts in the Australian Marine Debris Database, to contact Natural Resources EP.

Marine debris surveys conducted by volunteers and staff have detected changes in the type and amount of rubbish around the Eyre Peninsula and assisted in monitoring effectiveness of industry-based clean-ups.

In partnership with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula the local aquaculture industry began their adopt a beach program in 2012, which sees 155 km of coastline in the lower Spencer Gulf cleaned four times per year.

To find out more about adopting an EP beach, Sarah caught up with communication and engagement officer from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, Katrina, today on the Country Viewpoint.

For more information on Natural Resources EP adopt a beach program visit: naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula/coast-and-marine/coast-marine-management

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