All posts in Paddle Against Plastic

The rise and rise of the popularity of the Ocean Crusaders Paddle Against Plastic campaign continues as 124 amazing community members from the Deagon Region of Brisbane turned out on a stunning day to smash all records. Courtesy of a sponsorship from Spinnaker Sound Marina and a grant from the Brisbane City Council (courtesy of Councillor Jared Cassidy), Ocean Crusaders were able to spend two days in the lead up to the event further upstream Read more

In April this year we headed down to Melbourne for a blitz on the Yarra River.  This time, with the support of Port of Melbourne, we headed down to do more cleaning closer to the mouth of the river that leads into Port Phillip Bay. We were to complete 2 days cleaning in the port to get an idea of what was in their region and then we would run our community Paddle Against Plastic Read more

On a brisk morning, we headed down to the Barwon River in Geelong, Victoria.  Once again the amazing team from Aquayak Kayaks were on board, this time as our major sponsor for the event.  They not only brought down a heap of craft for people to use, but donated 8 ‘tubs’ to tow behind kayaks.  These will be extremely handy for our bigger clean up events where people collect a lot as it gives you Read more

It might of started off as a little bit cold, however by the time the 67 paddlers hit the water, the conditions were absolutely perfect, except for the fact there was debris to be cleaned. Courtesy of a grant from Seaworld Research and Rescue Foundation and & Healthy Land & Water, we joined forces with Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee to clean up the area of Bulimba Creek next to Preston Road Park.  We had Read more

The culmination of our Yarra River Blitz was a Paddle Against Plastic event.  These events are growing rapidly in popularity with paddlers of all types invited to come down and help clean up the river.  We find that by creating a ‘Treasure hunt for trash’ people start seeing the real state of the waters they paddle on.  Usually before they participate in one of these events they don’t see as much debris, however when you Read more

For years, I have dreamed of owning a Spinlock PFD as they are the very best inflatable flotation devices on the market.  They are comfortable to wear and have the best reputation on the market. With our new boat ‘Salter’ due to launch in the next week or two, we needed to fit out the boat with all the safety gear and I contacted the crew at Spinlock Australia to see if they could support Read more

Courtesy of a sponsorship from the team at Ocean Addicts, we held a very important Paddle Against Plastic event yesterday out of the Ocean Addicts SUP hire center at Cotton Tree.  Rather than just your simple clean up, this time we had a message to spread, and that was the statistics of how much debris our team pulled out of Sunshine Coast Waterways in 2017. Ocean Addicts made available 40 of their fleet of SUP’s Read more

There are some days that you walk away from an event just shaking your head, and that happened at yesterdays Paddle Against Plastic at Bulimba Creek in Hemmant.  So close to Brisbane city and a major tributary into the Brisbane River, the state of this creek is simply DIABOLICAL.   In the two days leading up to the Paddle Against Plastic event, Mark & Maura Harvey headed out onto the creek in their ‘Canoemaran’ and collected Read more

It’s days like these that make this Crusade all the more rewarding. The Currimundi Lake Community Clean up was part of a sponsorship with Unitywater & Sunshine Coast Region Council.  It was an event designed to get all the local community groups together, along with the community, to clean up Currimundi Lake on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  In my wildest dreams, the event would turn out like it did. When I first contacted all the local Read more

It’s the little things that will make a huge difference.  Well that’s what I think of regularly and when it comes to Surf Sock, well I reckon they just might have the same motto. For years surfers all over the globe have been using plastic bags to help them get into their wetsuits.  With a plastic bag ban slowly being implemented across the globe, and the surfing industry becoming very conscious of the plastic issue Read more