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Volunteers seek out marine debris in Easter Wilderness clean up

Three boatloads of passionate volunteers are scouring the beaches of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area for marine debris this Easter.

They will hand-collect garbage in the longest-running remote area baseline marine debris survey in Australia.

Since the clean-up began 12 years ago, more than 50,000 items of rubbish have been collected and itemised. All rubbish is sorted into recyclables with the remainder sent to landfill.

The collected data provides information about changes in rubbish types and amounts. When this information is combined with oceanic circulation models it helps determine where the rubbish is coming from.

This year the clean-up is run as a WILDCARE special project. WILDCARE Inc is the largest and fastest growing incorporated environmental action group in Tasmania, with membership of around 3000 individuals.

Follow the clean-up on the Daily Blog at : http://wha-marinedebris.blogspot.com/