2018 was International Year of the Reef, and through this initiative, our Partners put forward some fantastic and diverse pledges that themselves and their organisations would commit to, to help look after our Great Barrier Reef and coral reef worldwide. See our Partner’s pledges here.
ReefBlitz 2018- Marine debris event
In October 2018, as part of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) celebrations, the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership co-funded ReefBlitz marine debris clean up events in our local region. ReefBlitz is an annual citizen science event that involves a variety of projects up and down the Great Barrier Reef coastline and practical actions, contributing to a snapshot of catchment and reef health. In the below table, you will find a snapshot of the ReefBlitz surveys conducted.
|Catchment||Site||Date||Number of volunteers||Weight (kg)||Number of items||Area (ha)||Land/sea index||Top items|
|Proserpine||Shute Harbour||31/10||27||398||4064||1.3||81/19||2021 cigarette butts|
|Proserpine||Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale||17/10||24||37.5||614||0.95||97/21||90 cigarette butts, packaging, 86 plastic food, 52 paper/cardboard|
|O’Connell||Rabbit and Newry Islands||4/11||31 / 2||260||2910||15||19/81||1070 bits of hard plastic, 421 lids/tops|
|O’Connell||Blacks Beach||23/10||5 / 20||4||137||10||71/29||32 cigarette butts|
|Pioneer||Town Beach||14/10||19||37||1140||3.5||42/58||488 bits of hard plastic, 100 cigarette butts|
|Pioneer||Sandyfly Creek/River St Park||16/10||3 / 20||16||1090||14.3||100/0||422 bits of broken glass, 274 cigarette butts|
|Plane||Half Tide Beach||19/10||9 / 20||16||776||3.6||26/74||460 bits of hard plastic, 121 lids, 51 plastic bags|
|Plane||Grasstree Beach||31/10||17||4||516||8||44/56||200 bits of hard plastic|