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Marine Debris Working Group

The Eurobodalla Marine Debris Working Group explores ways to address marine debris, especially plastic items, that threaten our local marine environment.

The group includes: divers; fishers; surfers; school groups; conservation groups, and scientists from Eurobodalla Shire and the ACT.

We work together to:

  • clean-up debris from our beaches
  • track where the debris has come from and work out ways to stop debris from entering the marine environment.

The working group is always interested in new members, it's easy to participate, and you can add the marine debris you collect onto the Australian Marine Debris Database.

You can use the Australian Marine Debris Database

The Tangaroa Blue Foundation hosts the Australian Marine Debris Database, where debris collectors can log each debris item they find. Having a national collection helps record objective data about the issue, and gives us a better understanding about trends and movements of marine debris so groups across Australia can collaborate on bigger solutions.

We use this data to find out where the debris is coming from, so we can work to prevent the debris from entering the marine environment in the first place.

Get the app

You can now download the Australian Marine Debris initiative app to use on your Android or Apple devices. Get the app:

How to use the app

This short video will show you how to use the app to collect data:

For more information

Find out more about the app and how it is used in Australian and international research on the Tangaroa Blue website at:

The Clean-up for Clyde (the Little Penguin) Project

The Clean-up for Clyde (the Little Penguin) Project is a federally-funded initiative aimed at improving the habitat of Little Penguin colonies on the Clyde Estuary, by removing marine debris and weeds from their habitat.

Eurobodalla Shire students will be involved in the removal of marine debris at sites inhabited by the Little Penguin along the foreshore of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay. The students will collect data about the items they find in the clean-ups using the Australian Marine Debris Database, and use this information to develop educational material to help the local community reduce their impacts on the Little Penguins' environment.

Get involved

To get involved with local marine debris clean-up activities, contact our Environmental Education Officer, Bernadette Davis, on: