Environmental groups on the Central Coast are optimistic about their efforts to battle marine litter.
Representatives from a wide variety of environmental organisations came together recently to put on a workshop to help people find ways to fight litter in and around their local waterways.
Groups such as Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Take 3, Gosford Council, Kariong Eco Garden and Central Coast Waterwatch attracted large crowds.
The workshops were coordinated by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, and included talks by professionals such as Heidi Taylor, co-founder and managing director of Tangaroa Blue.
Ms Taylor shared her knowledge and suggested practical ways communities could reduce both the type and amount of litter and debris that enter their local waterways, such as by using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
The practical side of the workshops was to encourage people to keep data on everything collected so that the information could be loaded into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative’s database.