Reef Ecologic continued their work engaging Indigenous youth from the region hosting 13 students from Trinity Bay College, Cairns in our Reef Resilience Workshop and Clean Up. 13 Students and 3 Clontarf Foundation coordinators joined us for the morning conducting a marine debris clean up along the shores of Cleveland Bay at Pallarenda beach.

The clean-up raised awareness of the types of rubbish people leave behind or gets washed up on our beaches. After collecting the rubbish it was sorted and categorised to be submitted to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database. This information helps determine the primary drivers of marine debris enabling the implementation of strategies to reduce its abundance in our local environment.  The workshop was delivered by Reef Ecologic staff Nathan Cook and interns Daniel Cassidy and Greta Sartori. Marine Scientist Nathan Cook shared knowledge on coral reefs, the threats they are facing and ways we can all support their ongoing health through everyday activities.

It was such a pleasure working with the Clontarf Foundation out in the field inspiring the boys to care for their environment and the reef.
This workshop & clean-up was conducted as part of the Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation