RECENT reports of large amounts of rubbish on beaches around Ceduna are a clear reminder that people need to be vigilant to protect vulnerable coastal areas.
Rubbish on beaches, or marine debris as it is also known, is a problem in coastal areas around the world, according to Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula coastal management officer Louise Mortimer.
“Originating from both land and oceanic sources, marine debris covers a multitude of different materials, including household waste from land sources, shipping and industry waste like rope, wood and fishing lines and nets, as well as other bizarre flotsam and jetsam like construction materials, tyres or even car parts,” Ms Mortimer said.
“Community members like Mr Page (‘What a Load of Rubbish‘ West Coast Sentinel, Thursday 04/07/2012) have every right to be concerned about the amount of rubbish found on beaches, whatever the source may be.
“Rubbish on our beaches and in our oceans are not only an eyesore and a health risk, but also pose a threat to the survival of many marine species, like squid and octopus, large pelagic fish, marine mammals and sea birds.”