Pollution in our Waterways

Port Phillip Bay is about 1900 square kilometers in area. Its shoreline is about 200k. It is subject to the endless onslaught of waste from the Yarra and other rivers, and hundreds of drains. In the Summer we can get around 300 000 cigarette butts a day enter the bay, and countless plastic waste.
Every small plastic bottle that finds its way in to the Bay, eventually breaks down to over 25 000 toxic particles!

These get in to the food chain through fish ingestion, (they look like plankton when small), and can eventually cause all sorts of human health problems.

Plastics also kill endless sea creatures each year through entanglement, ingestion and  and strangulation..Fortunately a new beach cleaning volunteer group known as Beach patrol has grown to encompass and support many small groups who clean up our beaches once a month, to great effect. If you are interested in details for your area, please email the editor.

3 thoughts on “Pollution in our Waterways

  1. The Plastics in the bay here in Melbourne is a big problem. Numerous meetings are held, and various article’s are written in newspapers to call attention to this problem not only here in Australia but its spreading worldwide
    They are now calling for the banning of balloons being released as they deflate and end up in the bay, pretty colors attract the sea creatures and of course its a disaster in the water..Living in Bayside Melbourne we hear a lot of what goes on, only this morning news of a pelican’s legs caught up in fishing line [Not a new problem] the zoo wild life rescuers were having to come and rescue , that’s if they can get near it. If you get a chance to walk on the beaches in various area’s to see the plastic bags and rubbish strew over them is disgusting. Hurrah for the Beach Cleaning Patrols

  2. Subsequent to this editorial to which we have not had any response about beach or water way clean ups across OZ, the editor had the privilege of taking part in a 5 hour rescue of a baby seal in trouble, mostly due to various hook and line entanglements. The image above shows a sea bird dead from plastics ingestion.

  3. Having joined Greypath only recently, I hadn’t seen this editorial until now….just trawling through old posts.
    It’s so terribly sad what is happening in our oceans and waterways. If I was fit enough I would join one of the groups working to clean up.
    I don’t live near the beach or a river now, but lived near a creek up till a few months ago. Shopping trollrys, MacDonalds cartons, plastic of all sort was regularly floating past.
    Then there were those who dumped their rubbish on the creek banks.
    I wonder if it’s worth contacting our MPs and demanding money be spent on a cleanup rather than some of the frivolous issues we see.

WordPress theme: Kippis 1.15