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Port Kembla Beach Clean 16th Oct from 3pm

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The Community groups who are actively taking part in the event are as follows:

* The Surfrider Foundation South Coast Branch
* University of Wollongong Surfrider Club & Society
* Project Waves 4 Water
* Beach Clean Ups Illawarra
* Fair Food Foragers
* FishThinkers
* Intrepid Landcare Illawarra
* ConservationVolunteers Australia
* Responsible Runners Wollongong
* Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Team 
We all share the same vision and want the same outcomes.
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Double Island Clean Up - Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast

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Pack your surfboards and camping gear, we're on the beach again on 7-8-9 OCT for the DOUBLE ISLAND CLEAN UP / CAMPING WEEKEND. Book it in your diaries & register your details now. 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting it’s MASSIVE bi-annual / award winning Double Island Clean Up / Camping weekend, Literally hundreds of people converge on the beaches north of Noosa for a 60km beach clean up blitz with FEE Exempt Camping & 4x4 access for all volunteers!
We have conducted many clean ups in the region before, and we’re raising the bar yet again! Of the average 2 TONNES of rubbish and marine debris picked up off the beaches and dunes every 6 months, this time we're helping directly recycle the plastic pollution into furniture through a national partnership being initiated at this event! We will be also recycling as much else as possible and recording our findings through an international database. 

After all the positive activism, volunteers can WIN a share in over $3500 worth of PRIZES in the Complimentary Prize Raffle and as part of Educational Presentations! The local Traditional Owners from Kabi Kabi will also join us for a cultural awareness and community engagement workshop. Plus there is a FREE BBQ & Live Music by the campfire on Saturday arvo to help us celebrate the guaranteed success of the event. 

It's a WIN, WIN for everyone, but most importantly for our oceans, beaches and all biomass! ALL WELCOME! Bring your family and friends and help us spread the word. Stay one day or make it a long weekend, it's your call. Let’s have a great weekend in paradise together and help to keep this magical place clean, now and into the future! 

Register your details to: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com 
Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:
- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make/model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many tents / campers / etc:
- How many nights ( Fri &/or Sat):

It's that easy. 
Once you register you will be added to the growing list of ocean activists. 
An info pack & your permits will be emailed out in the week prior to event. 
!!!! REGISTRATION CLOSES (for volunteers fee excemptions) Monday 3rd October. So we can have all details to QPWS in time. So don't miss out…. 
Register your family, friends, community group or business now.

FRIDAY. Come set up camp & make it a long weekend….. Clean up starts when you're set up. 
SATURDAY is the main day for most activism and the fun packed evening.
SUNDAY is data collation, rubbish removal and pack down.

For general enquiries, partnerships and interviews please call: 
Craig 0415 670 639 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com

www.surfrider.org.au
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp4xu274qE
 

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Win the Ultimate Quiver raffle

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+ 5 board bags, 5 Gorilla tailpads, 5 FSC2 fin sets and 5 leg ropes 

Terry Fitzgerald, classic retro shaped board
Simon Anderson, step-up thruster board
Firewire, Ecoboard
Darren Handley, high-performance board
Bob McTavish, longboard 

All funds raised through the Ultimate Quiver raffle will help Surfrider to run campaigns, education programs and conservation activities as well as to raise further awareness on important coastal issues, such as plastics and pollution. 

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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. The shark eco-barrier was protested against early this year by the community, including around 150 surfers, who see the barrier not only as a threat to their waves but safety as well. Surfrider Foundation along with other local surfers raised these important concerns at the meeting about risk assessment and safety of surfer. Furthermore, the NSW DPI recently admitted that the eco-barriers are a hazard for swimmers and surfers. But despite all of this, our voice has continued to fall on deaf ears. 

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Injustice for surfers should not be repeated

The approach taken by the NSW Government and Ballina Shire Council to deny surfers a voice in relation to the plastic shark barrier project at Lighthouse Beach should never be repeated.

“Local surfers and ocean enthusiasts have responded to the injustice by establishing a branch of the Surfrider Foundation Australia” said Mark Hernage, President of the Foundation’s new Ballina – Lennox Head Branch.

The Foundation is an international, not for profit community organisation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E). 

Mr Hernage said “it is a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments.  Today, the Surfrider Foundation is active in 18 countries around the world”.

Key policies of the Foundation in Australia are in the areas of:

  • Coastal development and biodiversity conservation
  • Beach and foreshore access
  • Shark control
  • Terrestrial and offshore sand mining and dredging
  • Coal seam gas exploration and exploitation in the coastal zone
  • Personal water craft and tow surfing
  • Environmental release of effluent
  • Storm-water
  • Coastal process intervention
  • Surfing reserves
  • Climate change

Mr Hernage commented that the Minister for Planning said in Parliament when new coastal management legislation was presented that surfers' knowledge of coastal issues demonstrated how significant the surfers were in contributing to our understanding of coastal resources.  He said that a compelling submission by the Surfrider Foundation Australia and its advocacy had improved the legislation.

After 25 years of operation in Australia, Surfrider has proven to be a valuable and significant ‘ear' for government and ‘voice' for coast lovers, be they surfers or other beach users, adding great value to the complex decision making process required in this heavily contested area of land and water management.

“The Foundation has formally sought the agreement of the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Ballina Council that it will be consulted in respect of any project, policy or legislative consideration being considered by the Government that directly relates to the community’s access to and use of coastal resources in the Ballina Shire”, Mr Hernage added. 

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Surfrider Foundation Ballina Branch and are interested on being actively involved in its operations should contact Mark Hernage on 0401290147 or hernagemark@gmail.com.

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Demand SAND for Collaroy/Narrabeen

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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.

Please let the council you that you LIKE THE BEACHES SANDY!

Visit: Click Here to have your voice heard.

** SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 17 AUGUST 2016 **

Surfrider generally agrees with principles of the Draft Coastal Environmental Policy, particularly the preservation and maintenance of beach and surf.

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Key issues to be addressed:

  1. Primacy of public beach over property
  2. Requirement for more sand so rock wall exposure is rare

Priorities:

  1. Beach Amenity
  2. Funding for ongoing maintenance especially sand nourishment

Surfrider's general comments:

  • Private properties need to sign off in perpetuity for maintenance of rock walls protecting property removing them from the public beach after every damaging storm event.
  • Private Properties need to be charged an annual fee similar to rates for on going nourishment purposes as walls will damage beach.

** Join Surfrider today to protect the beaches and waves that you love so much.We stand to protect the waves and beaches for ALL people, surfers and beach-lovers alike. Give the coastline your gift today and become a member at Click Here**

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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.

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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). It is now up to the Government to commit funds to implementing the recommendations, which include:

  • a ban on single use plastics across all states;
  • banning micro-beads;
  • researching the impact of marine plastic pollution on human health.

For more information, click on the link to the final report. Click Here

RISE ABOVE PLASTICS! To find out how to make your life less plastic to protect our beautiful coastline, please visit: Click here

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

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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. Currently it supports a thriving community of marine life including hammerhead sharks, manta rays, barracudas, white-tip reef sharks and more. But despite its isolation, these reef systems and the organisms that they support are under serious threat. As Andy and the team learned, plastic debris have found their way into these remote habitats and are devastating the lives of so many species, both aquatic and terrestrial.

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Furthermore, since it is largely unprotected, it is vulnerable to other impacts that effect similar coral reefs, such as illegal fishing, sea-level rise, coral bleaching, and fossil fuel exploitation. It is our belief that with actions taken by communities and individuals around the world, like the Great Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage, there is still a chance to save these beautiful reefs and the marine life that depends upon its existence.

If you wish to experience more of the wonderful biodiversity of the Great Coral Sea, or want to develop a better understanding of the devastating extent of marine debris and pollution that exists in the remotest parts of our oceans, check out the brief introduction of Andy's journey here. And remember to stay tuned because at the the end of the month we will be releasing a movie of their journey, which will include exciting photos, video clips of the trip, and information about the crew's discoveries and insights regarding the current state of the Great Coral Sea.

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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.

After collecting debris at East Diamond, the crew carried on for the next 3 days for a beach clean at the Lehu reefs – Lorna cay, and studies of Observatory cay and Magdeline. However, despite the fact that the Coral Sea and its reefs are considered to be some of the most distinctive and undisturbed places in the world, the team discovered that each area was highly polluted with a variety of debris- our plastic waste.

Surfrider's Andy Gray describes the first clean of the voyage..

“There were sea birds by the thousands, with hundreds protecting eggs during breeding season, along with thriving marine life and crustaceans. For such a remote location however, the amount of marine debris was overwhelming. Shipping buoys, ropes and drums were among the most common items, but the majortity of our beach hauls consisted of plastic bottles, plastic containers and secondary micro plastics- which was made worse when we found plastic riddled throughout the birds nesting areas.”

These findings are very concerning as these reefs and islands not only provide a habitat for many different types of sea birds, but also serve as important refugees for ocean giants, such as whale sharks and big game fish, and a variety of vulnerable and endangered species of fish, mammals and turtles. It is Surfrider's hope that with effort's like this, along with other organizations around the world, we will be able to improve and preserve these pristine habitats in order to protect the ocean, waves, beaches and organisms that we love so dearly.

In the meantime, while Andy and the crew continue on their voyage, stay tuned here for live updates, photos and stories of their journey!

Photos Week 1:

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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.

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

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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:

  • Collect data on levels of micro-plastics and marine debris;
  • Conduct island clean-ups; and
  • Undertake in bio-discovery and bio-security surveys through the Bush Blitz program

Surfrider's Andy Gray, president of our Uni of Wollongong branch, will be taking part in the journey on behalf of our foundation. Follow Andy's live journey here to experience the biodiversity of the Great Coral Sea, to develop a better understanding of marine debris, and to gain insight on the quarantine issues associated with the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. 

Here is a map of the Great Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage that illustrates the route that Andy and the crew will take around the reefs.

Watch the video below to learn more about the history of the Great Coral Sea, as well as the importance of any research and conservation efforts that aim to protect its future. 

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