Monday, November 7, 2016

2017 Crowd Funder - Pledge Now

The dates for this years cleanup have been set. The Team departs on the 18th of February and we already have 4 full boats. The next part of our yearly mission is too raise enough money to pay for the boats and fuel. Master Crowdfunder Ula has been working above and beyond the call of duty with help from our good friends at Patagonia to get on our new pozible site and rewards up for this years mission.

click HERE to donate

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jess Leitmanis and her magnificent Marine Debris sculptures

Jess took all the rope from the 2015 cleanup via a campervan back to Vicco and produced these wonderful art pieces.  If you are keen for some art materials please get in touch or head up to the South Hobart Tip shop and help yourself to our very extensive collection.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A huge thank you from Team Clean!

Team Clean would like to extend the MOST enormous thank you to the organisations, businesses and individuals that made the 2016 expedition possible. Cleaning these incredibly remote ecosystems doesn’t come cheap, and without the incredible support of these fine people, we wouldn't have been able to remove 82,815 pieces of rubbish from the spectacular World Heritage beaches of Southwest Tasmania.

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,
Team Clean

Monday, March 14, 2016

Unload and Cleanup

After a magical week exploring the beaches of South Western Tasmania the crews disembarked from the Velocity at Southport and The Breaksea at Dover so the skippers could get back to sea to continue fishing. The Wilsons Voyager made its way to Hobart to be greeted by an enthusiastic crew of friends and family. The kind folks at Tas Trans unloaded the two tonnes of debris and resettled it at the South Hobart Recovery Tip Shop.

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.

Final blog from Pat

Final post from Pat Spiers.

Well, I'm back in the "big smoke" (Sydney) after a whirlwind 9 days in Tassie and my friends are saying things like,

"Wow, you look really tired and hairy Pat!" (It was a very busy time and there was no time to shave on the trip)


"You look so happy but why are you covered in scabs?" (The Tasmanian bush is really scratchy and I spent a large part of the week burrowing under spiky bushes to retrieve rubbish)


"Did you really pick up that many little bits or rope and plastic in those wild places? I thought they would be pristine and untouched!?"

Well, yes, we did pick up all that rubbish and as far as I know the rubbish was all moved on to be re-used, recycled or disposed of today:
- The bait saver baskets in decent condition were offered to fisherman for re-use
- The good rope was re-used for fishing and art
- The bottles plastic pieces, and aluminium cans were recycled
- The large nets and steel buoys were taken away for interesting garden decorations
- Some of the remaining rubbish went to the tip

One of the things that sticks in my mind was THE ROPE, most of the bits and pieces or rope had been worked on by someone, eg they had been knotted or spliced and then cut and THROWN OVERBOARD. But by who?

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...

To be continued... got to go to bed, shattered.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Schools report, by Pat Spiers

Day 8: Saturday 12 March.

Last night we steamed south after the rubbish count and anchored in North Stephens bay.

Today would be taken up by the return voyage but first we had to retrieve the rubbish we had previously stashed down the southern end of Stephens beach way back on the 7th.
Once again It was quite a mission getting the heavily laden dinghies in and out through the waves.
The deck of the Wilson's voyager is now completely covered in garbage (tied down of course). 3 gigantic crane bags of ropes dominate the space. All up we have close to three tons of rubbish.

Have a look at this photo of some of the recording sheets filled in every night this week.
The process worked best when one person was the count recorder, whose job was to write down all the sub-totals that were called out by the rest of the team as they sorted through the day's rubbish.
They would then add all the sub-totals up to get our daily totals.

As you can see I have not been telling you making all this up! Most of the beaches we visited were heavily affected by small plastic pieces.

But lets look at what we have achieved over the whole week.
We have just added up all our counts collected 80 694 pieces of rubbish over the last week – a new record!

Ula in particular was stoked with this result.

We had a long day of steaming ahead of us so we set off at about 10.30 am.

It was great to watch the gigantic cliffs of southwest cape slide past.
We took a quick detour to hook a big fat stripy trumpeter for our dinner and steamed on straight through the narrow gap south of Maatsuyker island, hooked around Southeast cape and then anchored in beautiful Recherche bay for the final garbage count.

While we counted the cooks and their assistants started preparing the ultimate feast from the fish and all the bits and pieces of food that had been knocking around in the eskies all week.

After a big party we all went to bed feeling satisfied knowing that we had left behind some very, very clean beaches in the Tasmanian world heritage area.

I'll say it again: we collected 80 694 pieces of rubbish over the last week – a massive effort!

I feel like we have made a big difference for now, but it is just one of many actions that need to be taken for our wild oceans and beaches to become cleaner places.

Some people might ask me questions such as:
"But Pat, what about the rubbish still out there buried under the sand?"
"What about the rubbish floating around in the ocean that soon will wash upon the same beaches?"
and even
"Isn't the area is in a National park and doesn't that mean that it is the rangers job to look after the beaches?"

Well, yes, marine debris is a big, complex problem and it would be easy to see this job as being hopeless or too hard when people ask questions like these.
But it is something we cannot ignore because we are all custodians of our wild places and our oceans.
 (a custodian is a keeper or guardian of a place).

As custodians we have to start somewhere and we have to be smart about what we actually do to help.
(That's why we have been recording all the rubbish types collected so we can identify things that can change and pass that information on to the decision makers and leaders of our land.)

Have you ever read "The Lorax" by Dr Seuss? I hope so because I am going to end with the last words of the Once-ler,

"Now that you're here, The word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not"

I have to rush back into everyday life now (back to school tomorrow) I'd like to say thanks to the following people and organisations for their efforts and support:

Andrew Hughes
Matt Dell
Tom Brown, Dave Wyatt, Darren Clark
Wildcare Tasmania
The Bookend trust
Australian Science teachers association