SEA SHEPHERD has joined with Cockburn council, Keep Australia Beautiful and the Fremantle Herald in a big community clean-up at Woodman Point today (Saturday July 30).
The popular seaside park has been plagued by chronic littering recently, from the picnic area to Ammo Jetty where fishers’ abandoned hooks and lines pose a serious threat to marine life.
The problem prompted Sea Shepherd’s marine debris team to pick the park for its big annual Plastic Free July Event.
Marina Hansen, wife of Sea Shepherd director Geoff Hansen, says they’re hoping for a big turnout of locals, as they’d like to tackle both the beach and the bushland behind.
All are welcome.
Problems on the jetty have prompted Cockburn council to create a new Clean Catch, Clean Ocean campaign, which will be launched on the day.
It features a risque new online video which the council is hoping will go a bit viral, and will ramp up with signage in the future. The campaign was partly funded by Keep Australia Beautiful.
Ms Hansen says the day starts at 9am and volunteers will be provided with environmentally-friendly rubbish bags.