Sunday, February 25, 2018

4 Days to Departure

The boats are all back in port and early preparations are underway. The 32 strong team have just a few days more before they can put away the phones and immerse themselves in the wonder that is the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  The weather looks to have turned in our favour, so we will hopefully be able to access the expansive west facing beaches that provide us with our bounty.

If you have not had the chance please support or Pozible Crowdfunder so we can spread our message far and wide amongst through our education portal Coastwatchers.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crowdfunder Launcher - Two weeks till departure

The 2018 Cleanup is just two weeks away and we have just launched our Pozible crowd funder to help cover the costs of the extra boat we are taking along this year.  The team will comprise 32 eager volunteers on 5 fishing vessels and will depart weather permitting on the 1st of March. Please click on the link or picture above to donate.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rians 2017 Cleanup Video

Another great video from our team UAV expert Rian. Thanks Mate 👍

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Persistence pays off!

Team Clean will be steaming into Hobart today round midday after another successful expedition! Check out our media alert below and please come down to the docks to wave us in if you're in Hobart town round lunchtime.

Media Alert
Persistence pays off

Sunday 26th February 2017

What: Team Clean return to Hobart with 66,000+ pieces of rubbish
When: Midday today. The rubbish will be unloaded tomorrow morning
Where: Kings Pier, Hobart

Tasmania’s most extreme beach cleaners will steam into Hobart today, along with 66,000+ pieces of marine debris from Tasmania’s remote South West Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“Marine debris is a massive global issue that has serious impacts on our wildest and most spectacular World Heritage beaches” said clean up coordinator Matt Dell.

“Despite wild weather, heavy seas and challenging beach landings, we’ve successfully cleaned up some of the most heavily polluted beaches in South West Tasmania and we’re finally seeing the years of hard work paying off. The amount of rubbish present and collected was significantly less than on previous visits.

28 volunteers travelled to the World Heritage Area on four local fishing boats, including 13 year old Scotch Oakburn student Theo Wolfhagen, who joined the expedition as part of the exciting new interactive Coast Watchers education program.

“Small plastic debris is a big problem that my generation should not have to clean up” said Theo.

Coast Watchers aims to help schools investigate the pressing issue of marine debris, through an interactive online blog, lesson plans that are mapped to both primary and secondary school curriculums and resources for schools to conduct beach clean ups in their local area.

The expedition also collected important data on coastal change and sent out a daily blog via satellite phone that has reached hundreds of primary and high school students across the country, with 20 schools signing up to join the Coast Watchers program.

TEAM 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day 8 blog

This morning we awoke in our New Harbour anchorage to the sight of Captain Dave scrubbing splattered squid ink from the side of the Wilson Voyager after the previous night's fishing!  This was occurring under the watchful eye of Captain Tom who was supremely unimpressed with the ink stains left on the hull of the otherwise beautifully presented Wilson's voyager. With that task done we departed to Cox's Bight.

Sadly the southerly swell had picked and combined with a large sand build up on the eastern side of Point Eric which thwarted our plans to land dinghies and clean the beach. While the size of the swell made the remainder of the beaches on the South West coast inaccessible, the surfers on the cleanup team were excited with the possibility of catching a wave in south cape bay!

Finally the our 4 vessels began the 40 mile steam across the entire south coast of Tasmania. The crews fished for Bluefin tuna while the albatross and short tailed shearwaters wheeled overhead in the clear blue sky and a light westerly breeze blew us steadily eastward toward Rechereche Bay.

While the bluefin tuna fishing effort proved unsuccessful, Masaaki, Lachie, Claire and Phil donned their wetsuits and caught us a feed of southern rock lobster and sea urchin for a pre-dinner snack once when we arrived in Recherche Bay. At the same time Rachael, Pat and Jess went for a forest fact-finding mission around the shores of Rocky Bay. 

Importantly, most of us regained phone reception and we were finally able to figure out the answer to a question that had been dogging us for the whole week - namely how long is league? It turns out to be 1.5556km. You read it here first folks!

The rubbish is all bagged on the back deck of Rumours - ready for the final leg of the voyage to Hobart docks and then on to the recycling centre and tip on Monday morning.

Thanks for all the good wishes everyone!

Wes and Rex

Friday cleanup blog

What ho friends!

Today was easily the most full of adventure of any day on this trip.

We started from our peaceful anchorage at Clayton's Corner, cruising through Bathurst Harbour and then the Narrows to the Breaksea Islands and into the Southern Ocean. Turning South we headed into Noyhener Bay to investigate access to the beach, the swell already approaching four metres, the decision was made to land – a very thrilling trip in the zodiac through the enormous breaking surf.

With everyone safely on the beach the clean up began in earnest, spending five hours at the task before there was an urgency to return to the boats as the weather worsened. Dave Wyatt of the Velocity made four daring journeys through the surf to pick up the bags of rubbish and a handful of the crew before it became too dangerous to continue. The remaining twelve of us decided to walk two hours all the way back to Spain Bay in Port Davey were it would be safe to land the dinghy.

The walk was an adventure in itself, the key was to find to find a safe route between Noyhener and Stephens beach, to do this we had to walk through a billabong which felt like we were in Lord of the rings. After that we traversed beautiful Stephens beach meeting Bob Brown along the way.

Once all of us were aboard the Velocity we commenced the sorting and counting of the days work, then cruised back out into the ocean and headed South again toward South West Cape, then around and on to New Harbour where the other three boats were awaiting. It was an exhilarating run in four metre swells with wheeling albatross, short tailed shearwaters, fairy prions feeding and seeming to revel in the rough weather.

We arrived at last light to anchor with the other boats, all of us cold and tired from the long and eventful day, and pleased to find dinner prepared for us and ready to eat immediately on our arrival.

A great day of beach cleaning mixed with adventure. Cox's bight tomorrow!

By Phillip