Monday, April 4, 2016
A big shout out to our sponsors: Southern Ocean Adventures, Patagonia, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Wildcare Tasmania, Moo Brew, Gillespies Ginger Beer, Miellerie Unheated Honey, Bookend Trust, Wursthaus, Simmons Wolfhagen, AWM Electrical and Data Suppliers, Mona, Tasmanian Abalone Council, Hill Street Grocers, Modern Musician, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman's Association. You are wonderful and we love you!
2016 saw the biggest ever response to our Pozible crowdfunder. We were completely bowled over by the overwhelming generosity of so many legends from across Australia and beyond. Team Clean would like to thank the following fabulous humans for their invaluable support.
Lachie McKenzie, Steve Biddulph, Robyn Thomas, Cindy Needham and Tom Scown, Daphne Dhimitri, Marg Lothian, Diane and Richard Majewski, Lesley Geraghty, Lotte Kronborg, Louise Williams, Stevo Heggie and Mel Shepherd, Bill Harvey, Gra Murdoch, Joelie Ryan, Deborah Roslyn Hiller, Christopher Szaday, James, Leo Berzins, Megan McMurchy, Lynne Head, Robert, Luuk Veltkamp, Sue-Ellen Smith, Elaine Lockwood, Grant Hill, Lorraine Ashdown, Beth Beveridge, Sangeeta Lall, Bec Williams, Rebecca Thomson, Judanne Simpson, Julieanne Richards, Jessie Meaney-Davis, Penni Rockliff, Fay Bannah, Suitcase Murphy, Nicole Moylan, Jenni Brammall, Michael Honey, Alice Graham, Ed Henty, Vivian Tng, Colleen Combs, Rebecca Kelley, Candice Allen, Tom Hartney, Jelena May, Kerry Sackett, Yvette Watt, Rachel Edwards, Robyn Bartley, Lee Peters, Rowan, Andrew Hulghes, Rowena Morrison, Caitlin Phillips-Peddlesden, Edwina Brown, Shane Westmore, Andy Sullivan, Gerard Pidoto, Sean Fishlock, Narelle Couper, Antje Janssen, Warren Ballinger, John Harrison, Robbi Bishop-Taylor, Cullen Pope, Bill Aronson and Nicole Hunter.
And some wonderful peeps who would prefer to remain anonymous.
Thank you. All of you.
You are an amazing bunch of absolute champions. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Lots of love,
Monday, March 14, 2016
The final tally of 80694 items picked up of the beach, then counted and sorted is a testament to a very committed team of volunteers, skippers and dingy drivers. For such a small team the output and diligence of the beachcombers was remarkable, and it was a pleasure to spend a week in the wilderness giving something back to our remarkable home state.
A big thanks to Patagonia and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for their ongoing financial support and all of our other sponsors including those who supported our Pozible crowd funding campaign we cannot continue this important work without you.
If we all do the simple act of picking up a rubbish from the ground or water when we see it then we will go a long way to reducing the impact of marine debris on our seas and all the animals that live in it.
I think all Tassie fishermen are pretty good with obeying the "Stow it - don't throw it" rule. so that means we are talking about the crews on the big industrial sized boats that fish in deeper waters, often with the trawl nets...
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Guest Blogger: Wes
After a week of head down bum up hunched over picking up thousands of pieces of rubbish on the beach, there was no shortage of sore backs and stiff necks amongst the cleanup team on the morning of day 8. The sight of a few waves breaking on the beach and the fact that we needed to pick up the bags of rubbish we left behind that needed to be picked up was enough motivation for dinghies to be launched, boards to be waxed and wetsuits to be pulled on for the last chance to get a wave or get some of the Southwest national park's sand between your toes for the lat time before we headed home.
The daily rubbish count is a massive cooperative effort for all involved in the clean up but it is probably the least looked forward to part of the day as it is really hard work. As the tally added up, cleanup team leader Matt Dell decided, after a bit of quick mental arithmetic, that it looked as though this year's final tally would break the record set on last year's cleanup.
This created a bit of a buzz which helped get the last of the plastics counted and Matt's hunch turned out to be spot on. The record was broken.
We steamed home with light winds and calm seas that allowed some of the crew to grab 40 winks, catch a couple of Stripey Trumpeter off southwest cape or sit with a Moo Brew or Gillespie's ginger beer and watch the albatross swooping around the boat.
The cleanup vessels then met up in Recherche Bay to raft up and reflect on a week that passed in the blink of an eye. The 80694 items were duly stowed on the Wilsons Voyager for their last journey on the high seas, up to the dock in Hobart where they will be transported to the Resource Tip shop in South Hobart
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Day 7. Friday 11 March.
Guest blogger: Alecia
What started out as a nice day quickly disappeared into another session of head-down bum-up. It is amazing that what appears to be a clean beach quickly joins the filthy ranks of small plastics (11,550) and bait saver (173) littered expanses.
Apparently the increase in Bait savers today can partly be attributed to a resident seal that appears to have learnt how to remove the bait saver in the Cray pot, stick his head in and grab the bait saver to eat the fish, redefining take away eating on the west coast.
Lowlights today included finding small toy soldiers and a horse, a button and two international guests, a Japanese Suntory whisky bottle with whisky inside which was quickly sampled on beach and a Spanish laundry detergent bottle.
The highlight was a random bush walker who literally appeared out of the scrub and couldn't have been happier to see us, we resupplied him with some fresh fruit and snacks and a new EPIRB and off he set for the next part of his multi part adventure 14 days into about four weeks of walking. He was amazed to see us cleaning beaches and almost thought we were a mirage, just as we were surprised to see him appear. Two totally different ways to appreciate the wild southwest coast of Tasmania complementing each other and leaving the area for all to enjoy.
Schools report - by Pat Spiers
We left the sheltered waters of the gulch not long after dawn bound for Mulcahy beach.
Everyone was already suited up ready for a wet surf landing and moments after the anchors splashed into the water we were piling into the dinghies and setting off.
Wes, Dave and Harry are real masters in the art of handling overladen small boats in the waves.
The trick when coming in is to ride the back of a wave, just behind the white water, that and have a big motor in good condition!
When leaving the beach and heading out the trick is to be observant and patient, waiting for a small set of waves. Then go for it and be confident in your steering decisions. Several times it seemed like we were about to receive a monster wave into the boat and then with a slight steering movement we would be skimming over the shoulder and gliding down into a trough.
The beach was a spectacular wild place.
First I cleaned the around the mouth of a large creek on the southern end and saw plenty of animal tracks including devils.
Then we walked all the way to the other end of the beach and did our emu bob all the way back. The beach was rich in bait saver baskets, bait box straps and, you guessed it, lots of small plastics. I had a creepy moment when I picked up a small green chunk of plastic and had a closer look – it was the head of a crazy clown!
Later on Masaaki and I started up the first ever Mulcahy beach Sumo wrestling tournament:
Here are the results:
1. Masaake beat Pat (only because I was worried about falling onto my camera OK?)
2. Big Wes beat Masaake
3. Big Wes beat Gerhard
4. Spikey beat Big Wes (Spikey was the grant master! Hooray for Spikes)
Masaaki and I also started a new sport! "Storm bight cliff sand running"
A storm bight is a sandy cliff created by a strong rip-tide created by strong storm waves.
The sand cliff was about 2 meters high and when you run along the top edge it collapses just behind you, you have to run very quickly and smoothly or you tumble down the bank in a minor avalanche of sand.
This was great fun but the storm bank had only been created the day before and it was fully of plastic rubbish! So we made even more work for ourselves.
Despite all this we did 6 hours of hard cleaning up. When we finally got all the rubbish back to the Velocity we counted a total of 14,842 bits of rubbish, with 11,550 pieces of small plastic alone!
Finally we transferred all the rubbish to one of the other boats (Wilson's voyager)
See you soon everyone! We'll be home soon.