It’s a real trashy movie

A REMOTE beach in the Northern Territory had some of the worst plastic pollution veteran Sea Shepherd volunteer Liza Dicks has ever seen.

Ms Dicks was one of five Fremantle volunteers who teamed up with Dhimurru Indigenous rangers for the two-week clean-up of Djulpan, a culturally significant site for the Yolngu people and an important nesting ground for turtles.

The clean-up was filmed for a new Sea Shepherd documentary called Untrashing Djulpan, which premiers at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle on Thursday September 5 at 7pm.

• A Sea Shepherd volunteer cleans up rubbish at Djulpan. Photo supplied

“The most shocking aspect of the clean up was the vast quantity of plastic that had washed up on Djulpan, such a remote beach far from any city or town,” Ms Dicks says.

“The amount of plastic was at a volume and density not seen by our volunteers at any of our 600-plus mainland beach clean ups that we have hosted over the last three and a half years.

“Many plastic items had bite marks taken out of them indicating that fish and turtles had been eating it.”

A total of 10 Sea Shepherd volunteers from around the world travelled to the remote beach for the clean-up, including Fremantle locals Liza and Mike Dicks, Florian Obst, Susanne Bittner and Marina Hansen. The screening includes a Q&A, and talks from Ms Dicks and Arnhem Land’s Gathapura Mununggurr, head ranger from the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.

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