Ballina Branch Formation over Shark Econet Injustice

The NSW DPI and local government have began installation of a shark eco-barrier across Lighthouse Beach in Ballina. This shark eco-barrier will run directly through local surfers most utilised resource – Lighthouse Beach’s prized surf break.

Demand SAND for Collaroy/Narrabeen

In 2002, we STOOD for the beach and drew a LINE IN THE SAND. Over 3,000 members of the local community came together to protect our beach.SEAWALLS profoundly DAMAGE BEACHES as well as SURF QUALITY. You can see this at Narrabeen/Collaroy right now. We must DEMAND MORE SAND to cover and compensate for the rock seawall. Substantial reserves of suitable sand can be found a few kilometres offshore and could be readily transported to repair the dune-damaged beach...

Senate report on Marine Plastic Pollution released

In April 2016 the Senate released the Final Report of its inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution. This inquiry had been initiated by Green's Senator (Tas), Peter Whish-Wilson (a former Director of Surfrider Foundation). Surfrider made a written submission and also gave evidence in-person to the inquiry. The Committee's report includes 23 recommendations (incorporating all of those made by Surfrider in its submission). The recommendations have received tri-partisan support from the major parties (Coalition/Labor/Greens).

Great Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage Comes to an End

Surfrider's Andy Gray, members from the Parks Australia’s Marine Protected Areas team, CSIRO, and several marine debris NGO representatives finished the Great Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage this past Thursday, the 23rd of June. The Coral Sea covers roughly 1 million square kilometers of water - approximately 3 times the size of its neighbor the Great Barrier Reef - and is home to an array of spectacular reef systems created by underwater mountains.

First week in the Coral Sea is a success!

After 2 days of transit in the High Seas, the vessel and its crew arrived successfully to East Diamnond islet for their first clean in the Great Coral Sea. This beautiful coral environment, located 400km offshore, has little to no visitation from the outside world. These habitats do not experience any type of fishing or tourism, and are one of the last reef systems before the Pacific opens up to New Caledonia.

Andys Great Coral Sea Trip

Surfrider's Andy Gray, members of the Parks Australia's Marine Protected Areas team, CSIRO and several marine debris NGO representatives departed from Mackay this past saturday, 11th of June, to begin the Coral Sea Voyage. They left the harbor on the Iron Joy (pictured below) to begin their 12 day journey to tackle marine debris and collect research on the species that inhabit the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

Surfrider in Action: The Great Coral Sea Marine debris cleanup and bio-discovery voyage 2016

Surfrider Foundation will be partaking in the upcoming Great Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage. The voyage will take members from Parks Australia’s Marine Protected Areas team along with CSIRO and several marine debris NGO representatives, including Surfrider, on a 12 day trip (11thJun – 23rd Jun) around islands in the Great Coral Sea to...

Good news - a small victory for Surfrider Surf Coast

This development would have had a negative impact on the walking track to bells Beach and coastal vistas between Winki Pop and Bird Rock. Surfrider wrote a letter opposing this development after consultation with our members. The Surf Coast Shire Council formally rejected the plans for 5 Broadbeach Rd to construct a dwelling and to remove vegetation on the 14th Dec...

Contiki CARES about marine plastic debris

The group of bloggers, surfers, designers, musicians, photojournalists, filmmakers, photographers and social media experts joined Contiki’s sustainability partner Surfrider Foundation Australia on a VIP conservation trip, to highlight the massive environmental and health problems associated with marine plastic debris and shine a light on the tiny little issue of plastic micro-beads.

Microbeads: a tiny problem?

Surfrider petitioners ask that the Senate Support legislation via a private members bill introduced by the Greens, to ban the use of micro-beads in personal care and laundry products. We call on ALL members parliament to endorse this bill so Australia can remove this significant source of plastic debris from our waterways...