40 ways to a clean marine environment

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promote1. Spread the Clean Marine message by talking to people who litter around you or have some Clean Marine information on hand to pass on. Download the Clean Marine Fact Sheet.

2. Give friends presents of useful things for fishing and boating which will help them manage their litter, like butt bins, fishing bucket or reusable cups. Click here for some great gift ideas that  impact positively on the environment and protect marine life.

3. Carry a container with you for your butts and your rubbish. Order online here. 

cm sticker 4. Promote the anti-litter message by carrying the Clean Marine sticker on your fishing tackle box, esky or boat. For your free sticker email kabc@kabc.wa.gov.au.

5. Teachers: involve your students! Classroom presentations and educational materials are available from Keep Australia Beautiful. Order your free resources here.

6. Interact with amazing Western Australian marine life every day of the week. Download beautiful photos for your desktop .

For local governments

7. Contact KAB WA to obtain the Clean Marine media pack and look for ways to spread the Clean Marine message to your residents.

8. Access the Clean Marine signage templates for use in developing signs for local jetties and boat ramps.

9. Talk to KAB WA community education staff for advice and support to develop an anti-litter campaign in your community.

10. Use the Clean Marine campaign materials to add value to other marine and river based activities run through your shire or local government.

11. Contact KAB WA to organise a free guest speaker to present to your group on Clean Marine and other anti-litter programs.

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12.  Join the Tangaroa Blue Foundation whose goal is to create awareness in the community of marine environmental and conservation issues through marine environmental science projects; and to proactively participate in removing marine debris from the environment.

13. Join the Litter Report Scheme – Become a litter reporter and join the 9000 other WA litter reporters who report littering from boats and vehicles.

14. Adopt-a-Spot – adopt your local fishing/boating spot and receive free tools and support to keep it litter-free.

clean up15. Join the WA Beach Cleanup event and partcipate with others around the state in October each year. More details at www.tangaroablue.org.au.


16. Report injured or dead marine animals or other wildlife to the Wildlife Carers Hotline on 9474 9055.

17. Connect with conservation agencies and learn more protecting our marine life. http://saveourmarinelife.org.au/

litter-free fishing18. Stow it, don’t throw it .Waste should be stored onboard and discharged ashore in a proper reception facility.

19. Fishing gear should never be deliberately discarded but taken ashore for proper disposal. Recycle monofilament fishing line or place in bins. DO NOT throw it overboard.

Fishing line bin20. Take steps to avoid losing line by snagging.  If possible, rig your line with a light leader so it breaks close to the hook if you do get snagged. 

21. Use biodegradable fishing equipment and bait bags (http://www.greentackle.com/)

22. Always bin your fishing litter! See more information on the new fishing line bin disposal units along the Swan River, including locations.

LF boating23. Be a green boater: Protect the boating experience along with the ocean. A little spill makes a big difference - be especially careful with oil, petrol, solvents, and sewage. Refuelling is where most spills happen. Recycle used oil and oil filters.

24. Bring your litter back to shore.  Bring your food containers, cigarette butts (filters are not biodegradable, contain toxic chemicals, and persist for years), and other waste back to shore and recycle when possible.

Boaties25. As Captain, take charge - do not allow any debris to be thrown overboard. You can be fined if the law is violated aboard your boat. Educate passengers about the law, as well as the impacts of improperly discarded litter on the marine environment.

26. If an item is washed or blown overboard, go back and retrieve it.

27. Bring portable toilets ashore for proper disposal. Use readily biodegradable and environmentally friendly chemicals for cleaning and maintenance. If you must pump out greywater at sea, make sure you’re as far as possible from reefs and islands.

from home28. Keep street gutters and drains clear of leaves as they can block drains and cause flooding. Rotting organic matter can contribute to nutrient overload in the rivers.

29. Prevent contaminated runoff. No matter where you live, ocean and rivers are downstream. Only apply fertiliser when it’s needed in spring or early autumn, and never over water.

30. Grow local native plants in your garden. They need less water and fertiliser and attract native birds, lizards and insects.

car washing on lawn31. Wash your car on the lawn to keep detergents out of the stormwater drainage system.

32. One litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water. Use council drop-off centres who will take leftover oil and any excess solvent and paint.

33. Dog waste that washes into stormwater drains and waterways increases nutrients in the rivers. Use a dog scoop bag or put waste in your garden.

34. Reduce: Since packaging materials account for much of the litter we generate, they provide a good opportunity for reducing waste - consider items with less, reusable, or recyclable packaging. See tools to reduce your waste here.

35. Reuse: Choose reusable shopping bags, coffee mugs, and food containers (http://products.planetark.org/paproducts/).

36. Recycle: If you can’t reuse it, recycle it. Check online or with your local council to see what you can and can’t give back, and recycle everything possible.

infrastructure37. Talk to your local government if a local area needs infrastructure to help contain litter.

38. Marinas: Set up recycling bins for staff and customers and talk about the dangers of marine debris. Promote and use waste and oil recycling at your dock, marina, or port.

39. Provide special collection bins for hazardous items like batteries and flares to keep them from being discarded in the water.

CM sign40. Signage - Let people know that fishing litter discarded in the water is dangerous for wildlife.

Clean Marine is a joint initiative between government and community partners.

Link here to Clean Marine resources.