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Surfrider Foundation determined to save Martha's

Surfrider Foundation Australia is actively protesting against a possible Salmon Farm that will negatively impact the quality of the Martha Lavinia surf break on King Island.

Martha Lavinia is a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait. Perfect A-frame waves are formed by swell wrapping around both sides of the island and meeting up again on the north coast over Marthas pristine white sand banks. This wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Bells Easter contest. Kelly Slater has surfed here a few times as has Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Derek Hynd is also a big fan.Tassal has been granted a permit to research the possibility of establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Marthas. The research area is adjacent to the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Wetland and a fish farm here (potentially 1 million fish in 22 pens) would pose threats including the following;

  • Impacts on the quality of the surfing waves due to structures within the farm impeding the strength and height of the swell as it travel north along the east coast, the way the swell refracts around the island and the potential for the shape of the sand banks to be affected.
  • King Island’s economy is reliant on a pristine environment particularly for it’s seafood, kelp harvesting, dairy & beef industries and tourism. The island has built up a reputation for it’s clean green image and produce from King Island is held in high regard. A salmon farm here would damage that iconic King Island brand.
  • Potential for the public to lose recreational access to coastal areas on the east side of the island. Tassal haven’t provided any information about any necessary land based infrastructure.
  • Pollution in the form of untreated waste (fish faeces) on the seabed which could wash up on the beaches. There are also risks to ecosystems, natural fisheries and kelp habitat due to waste and excess feed reducing the dissolved oxygen level in the water.
  • Disease and parasites from the salmon farm being introduced into surrounding waters,
  • Acidity in the water may increase due to excess fish feed falling to the sea bed. A high proportion of wild caught feed is used in the fish meal that feed the salmon, and for 1 kg of fish produced, just less than 2 kg of fish meal may be required.
  • Parts of the fish pen infrastructure, rope, pipe and nets washing up on the shore as marine debris and being mistaken for food by marine animals and seabird.
  • Debris from cleaning of the pens polluting surrounding waters.
  • Seals may be attracted to the smorgasbord of fish which in turn could increase shark numbers,
  • Loss of amenity for surfers and users of the beaches and adjacent coastal reserve. People need wild spaces to be able to connect with nature and this area is about as wild as it gets.
  • Risk to the vulnerable fairy tern and risk to other species that use the area such as the eastern curlew, black faced cormorant, white faced storm petrel, white bellied sea eagle, orange bellied parrot and long nosed fur seal. There is also a risk to the vulnerable humpback whale and endangered southern right whale which migrate through the permit area.

    According to Tassal, the benefit to King Island would be some jobs, perhaps improved freight logistics and lower freight costs.
    We don't believe taht justifies all of the above mentioned threats. There is a track record of environmental issues with salmon farms in Tasmania. (Macquarie Harbour, Port Huon, Okehampton Bay, refer Four Corners episode 'Big Fish" Oct 2016) and it appears that the state government facilitates expansion of this industry despite strong community opposition in the name of jobs, growth and the economy.
    It appears that the salmon farming industry is permitted to to keep expanding regardless of past environmental practices and community opposition. We need to be loud and strong about this from the outset.

    What can you do right now to help save this wave:

  • Share our social media posts with friends.
  • Follow and share our Surfrider Save Martha Lavinia Beach facebook page to keep up to date on how you can help protect this iconic break.
  • Please sign this PETITION
  • Let the Tasmanian Government know that you don’t want this to proceed (Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries – email: and Hon Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks – email: and in the Federal Parliament to the Member for Braddon, Justine Keay – email: Get in touch with the Tasmanian Labour politicians too, they are in opposition at the moment and there is a state election in March 2018.  
  • Join the King Island local’s call to boycott all farmed salmon products from Tasmania (Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna, these are the 3 companies who could farm next to Martha’s) but even more importantly "broadcast" that you are joining the boycott. This could impact upon Tassal because 90% of their market is Australia and their shareholders are becoming nervous about the negative publicity. In March this year Australian Ethical, a large superannuation fund sold their big parcel of shares because of Tassal’s environmental record.
    • Join the facebook page ‘Surfers Against Inshore Fish Farms – SAIFF’


Surfrider Jack is back


We’re super stoked to be teaming up with @jackjohnson for his Australia tour later this month. As part of the tour, we’re joining the @allatonce_org campaign where the Johnson Ohana Foundation will match funding from now until the 31st December for any donations made to Surfrider Foundation Australia up to $2,500USD. This is an amazing opportunity to help us raise a cool $5000 AUD to support  our mission to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches for generations to come. Donations of $25+ go into the draw to win 2 tickets to Jack’s concert in Sydney/Bris/Mel/Perth. Donate now

Surfrider branches from around Australia will be hosting a table in the Village Green at each of Jack’s Concerts, reinforcing the need to reduce single-use plastics. Jack Johnson has been a long time supporter of Surfrider in Australia and all over the world. We thank him for his ongoing support. 

#AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree #jackjohnson #surfing #protectwhatyoulove #surfrideraus

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Port Kembla Groms Clean Up



Thanks to everyone who came out to play at the Surfrider Illawarra Clean Beach Festival #icbfest on Sunday12th November at Port Kembla. We stopped 85kgs of rubbish from entering the ocean and had heaps of fun doing it! There were 50 surf Groms entered in the inaugural #SurfriderGromFest tag team event which was won by Werri Beach Boardriders. At the other end of the beach, the Disabled Surfers Association South Coast hosted a fantastic display. We had a sand sculpting artist, Justine Crouchley-Crawford come to create dolphins and other sea creatures on the sand.

We want to thank Wollongong City Council for their support, and the sausage and veg burger sizzle. We raised $1,131 which Jack Johnson will match. The strangest thing was that an old $50 note washed up onto the shore, and the finder put it in our donation tin! Special thanks go to Tangaroa Blue for counting all of the rubbish and entering all of the date into the national marine debris database. We want to give a massive shoutout to @billabong_australia @coastalwatch @visslasurf @patagoniaaus @bunnings @thesourcewollongong @projectpurposew4w @seabin_project and @honuadrink for the great prizes that they donated! #longlivethebeach #surfrider #holdontoyourbutts #risseaboveplastics #cleanwaterhealthybeaches.

Check out the very talented Taj Simon from Port Kembla Boardriders who competed in the #surfridergromfest at #icbfest Port Kembla. What a great barrel! Photo courtesy of Ray Smith from Stay tuned for more #surfridergromfest coming to your region soon!


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Surfrider Surf Coast Branch Beach Clean Up

This is a family friendly public event and everyone is welcome! Facebook event at

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Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation announces their fourth Annual Beach Eco Challenge Festival

Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is a family friendly, sustainable, solar powered, plastic free, community, surfing lifestyle fundraising event which raises much needed funds for the Gold Coast ocean & beaches conservation organisation.  The event will include the Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge, Live Bands, Hula Dancing coaching & display, Jumping Castle, Raffle prize draws, talks on sustainability, market stalls, children's workshops, sandcastle demonstrations, beach races, free surf lessons and much more.   


Greg Howell, Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation President and Climate Wave Enterprises Event Director says “This is a really exciting time for us.  People are really becoming aware of the impact that they have on their environment and in particular, our beaches.  This kind of event raises funds which go towards Surfrider Foundation's projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and actively caring for the beaches on the Gold Coast.”

“We’re seeing this event grow year on year and this year is going to be no exception.  But what’s also important to us is demonstrating to the rest of the Gold Coast how you can run such an event and really reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact.  We’ll be ensuring that the energy we use are from renewable energies and we’ll be providing zero waste stations to ensure that as much waste is diverted from landfill as possible.”


The Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is leading the way by actioning sustainable/responsible practices similar to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games who follow these same principles and they are combining many of these practices.

In addition to the fundraising element for Surfrider Foundation, the Eco Challenge provides a way for Surf Living Saving Clubs to receive a green legacy. Climate Wave Enterprises the event organisers will instigate to instal a solar energy system on the roof of the clubhouse.  Such an initiative will help reduce the carbon footprint of the clubs and receive savings of around .5 $Million are achievable.

Surfrider Foundation are seeking both business sponsors and volunteers to support the event.  “We can’t do this type of event without the help of our local community”, says Greg. “We’re looking for businesses who can get behind the event through sponsorship or volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time.”

To register your interest in the event, whether that be through holding a stall, sponsoring or volunteering please go to: 

To find out more about the event go to:


About the Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge:

Held: Saturday 1st April 7am - 2pm

Location: Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club.  Cnr Marine Parade and Hill St Coolangatta

Activities include:  Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge Live Bands, Hula Dancing, Jumping Castles, market stalls, sand sculpting, talks and workshops.

Seeking:  Sponsorship and Volunteers

Raises funds for: Surfrider Foundation projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and educational activities.



About Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation Australia is a not for profit grass roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia's ocean, waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education. They are a branch based organisation with over 25 branches and beach representatives Australia wide.

The Gold Coast Tweed Branch is one of Australia's oldest branches with over 20 years' experience in local coastal management issues covering the geographic area between the Southport Seaway to the north and the Brunswick River to the south.


About Climate Wave Enterprises

Climate Wave Enterprises deliver events that comply with sustainable standards. They work with the planet for positive, ethical and social outcomes, and provide a holistic recreational event experience that engages all stakeholders in a journey that will reduce environmental impact whilst having fun.  


Media Contact:

Greg Howell

President Surfrider Foundation and Event Director Climate Wave Enterprises

Ph: 0414 939 942



Photo opportunity: Dune Cafe, Palm Beach Parklands solar installation provided by Climate Wave Enterprises as a legacy from the Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day event.

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Double Island Clean Up May 2017


Pack your surfboards and camping gear, for the 10th DOUBLE ISLAND CLEAN UP / CAMPING WEEKEND.  5-6-7 May 2017.  Book it in your diaries & register your details now (see below). 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend, where quite literally hundreds of people converge on along the beaches from Noosa Northshore - Double Island Point, for a 60km beach clean up blitz with FEE Exempt Camping & 4x4 access for all volunteers!

On average 2 TONNES of rubbish and marine debris are picked up off this paradise every 6 months by all of us and loaded away in tippers by the legends at QPWS. We also get to sorting, recycling and recording our findings through Tangaroa Blue's database. Clean up bags are supplied and tip fees in kind thanks to Noosa and Gympie councils.


On Saturday afternoon we all get together to reward everyone for the massive effort they've undertaken and have a bit of fun too! Volunteers can WIN a share in over $2000 worth of PRIZES donated in the Complimentary Prize Raffle and as part of Educational Presentations, with games and activities for the kids.

The educational component tied in too, discussing the issues of marine debris, our plastic footprint, and the increasing recreational pressure for "D.I." over recent years that has led to serious concerns about environmental damage, public safety (including health risks), and visitor expectations. This is an open forum with information & petitions for everyone.

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. Come for a day trip 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! 



1. You register your details with us (see below, "REGISTRATON") 
2. We put that info on a spreadsheet to send to QPWS, so you're covered under our activity permit, and our insurances.
3. Turn up, help out, enjoy!

FRIDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Evening Movie.
SATURDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Activities & Presentations. BBQ, Live Music & communal campfire.

SUNDAY. Data collation. Load tipper trucks with rubbish and pack down.

We'll have a marquee located at the barge and at "Surfrider HQ", where you can sign in, grab your gear, and instructions, and head off to start cleaning. Once you've filled your bags, bring them back and grab your raffle tickets…. Tiered prize categories will be set out for the amount of bags returned or effort put in, for tickets you'll collect.  So go nuts!



Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:

- Name(s):
- Phone number:
- Name of next of kin:
- Phone number of next of kin:

- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make & model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many structures (tents, camper trailers, etc):
- How many nights ( Fri &or Sat):

Once you register you will be added to the growing list of ocean activists and an info pack & your permits will be emailed out in the week prior to event. We will be allocating areas to folks, but please feel free to camp wherever you like! At night we have fun, so if you have little ones, who need kip earlier, some distance may ensure that they get a great sleep!
!!!! REGISTRATION CLOSES (for volunteers fee excemptions) Monday 1st May. So we can have all details to QPWS in time. So don't miss out…. 
Register your family, friends, community group or business now.

For general enquiries, media and partnerships please call: 

Craig 0434 587 756 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email:


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International Beach Festival in Cronulla

This is an official World Surf League event organised by Fitzgibbons International held at North Cronulla Beach. Being the final event on the WQS, this 6,000 WSL event will all but guarantee a prime line-up of the world's best female surfers competing for a spot on the 2017 World Tour. This is a free event for spectators. There will be lots of activities for the family with a large range of market stalls on the event site.

To get involved with Surfrider Cronulla, please visit the Cronulla Branch FB page or e-mail

For further information on the event, visit: or the event FB page

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Port Kembla Beach Clean 16th Oct from 3pm


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


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: 
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:

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Win the Ultimate Quiver raffle


+ 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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