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Plunging deep to clean up litter

An underwater clean-up around Hobart's docks has retrieved litter left-over from the festive season.

Divers from the Tas Uni Dive Club, with support from the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP), Tasports and Veolia Environmental Services , were on the look-out for a variety of discarded rubbish and retrieved old tyres, bottles, cans, signs, electrical wire and large pieces of metal, including wire and pipes.

It's estimated that up to 300kg of rubbish was collected on the day. The dives have been taking place in summer around Hobart docks for the past few years.

Stormwater Management Officer with the Derwent Estuary Program John Chrispijn said the dives are really important, as they help raise public awareness about the impacts of littering.

"The DEP is keen to support initiatives such as this because the foreshores of the Derwent estuary accumulate significant amounts of litter, particularly along eastern and north-facing shorelines due to prevailing winds and currents," John said.

"Much of this litter is thought to be associated with the urban stormwater system. While recent actions have seen improvements in the reduction of litter going to stormwater and the Derwent estuary, still further work is needed including education. The underwater clean-up is a timely reminder of the ill-effects of littering on our environment."

The Derwent Estuary Program was established in 1999 to restore and promote the Derwent Estuary and is partnership between State and Local government, industry and the community.

Water quality results are shown on the DEP website over the summer months, indicating swimming water quality at some of the more popular swimming spots along the Derwent Estuary.

For more information visit the Derwent Estuary Program