Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Register to join us on the 2016 Cleanup

How are your sea legs?
Can you live without your phone and the internet for a week?
Do you like Beach combing?

We are seeking some keen, capable and hard working volunteers to join us on our annual South West Marine Debris Cleanup. Weather dependant the boats will be departing on the 6th of March and we will be away for between 6 and 8 nights.  If you are keen please register HERE 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Volunteers Wanted

Are you a teacher or educator who does not get seasick, and would like to join the cleanup crew for the 2016 cleanup in early March? The Bookend Trust is offering the chance for one lucky person to produce an on-line interactive blog for students across Australia. More information can be found HERE

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1% for Planet to lend a helping hand

This week the Wildcare Coastal Custodians where privileged to be accepted into the 1% for the Planet not for profit groups. these not for profit organisations and groups are eligible to receive donations from companies that have registered to donate 1% of their profits to support environmental and social projects around the globe.  Many thanks to the people at Patagonia Australia for facilitating this exciting initiative.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jess Leitmanis the Rope Magician

Jess was the lucky recipient of the 2015 crowd funding place on the cleanup.  Jess is a small plastic master and as you can see from the photos above a very talented plastic rope weaver.  She has been offered a return spot on the 2016 edition. Check out more of her fantastic work on

Tassie marine debris cleanup nets national environment award

The Tasmanian Southwest Marine Debris Cleanup has received a national award for its outstanding work removing rubbish from remote World Heritage beaches in the state’s southwest.

Cleanup coordinator Matt Dell travelled to Perth on Tuesday night to accept the Environment Award on behalf of himself, cray fisherman Dave Wyatt and expedition volunteers at the Australian Seafood Industry’s annual National Conference.  

“Marine debris is poisoning our ecosystems from the ground up. With total global plastic production doubling every ten years, this issue is not going away anytime soon,” said Mr Dell.

“We have collected, counted and sorted nearly half a million items from within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area over the past 15 years. This year alone, we removed over 79,000 pieces of rubbish from Australia’s most wild, spectacular and remote beaches.

“We continue to work with the Tasmanian Fisheries Industry Council, the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Association and the Tasmanian Abalone Council to identify and minimise the potential waste sources within the Tasmanian fishing industry and remove them from the production cycle.

“We can all do our bit in tackling this globally critical issue. We need to stop the rubbish getting into the ocean in the first place. Here in Tasmania, the Government needs to show they’re serious about protecting our World Heritage Area. They must take urgent action and introduce long-overdue container deposit legislation” concluded Mr Dell.

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Photos

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Recherche Bay - Hobart

Wow! What a week of beach combing on the wild beaches.  We experienced all that the rugged South West of Tasmania has to offer. Wild winds, waves, sunshine and rain and a cracking aurora to finish off on the last night.

79084 items of Marine Debris was collected in all, each one picked up off the beach, documented and then repatriated back to 'civilization'. A big thanks to al the Sponsors and boat skippers without which this cleanup could not continue, and to the group of dedicated volunteers who spent many painstaking hours bending down on the beaches picking up the rubbish and then several hours bending down again each evening counting the days collection on a rocking and rolling boat.

The hard work we have put in over the last 15 years seems to be paying off with noticeably less large rubbish on the beaches that we regularly survey.

PLEASE, if you see rubbish on the street, field, beach, stream or path, pick it up and put it in the appropriate bin. Otherwise there is a good chance it will blow or wash into the ocean and it too will float around the globe before polluting a shoreline or maiming wildlife.