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Paddle Against Plastic – Stumers Creek – Aug 2017

Our second Paddle Against Plastic on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was set up to finish cleaning Stumers Creek after a team of 18 paddlers had managed to pull 107kg of debris out back in June.  We had a focus of cleaning up the area closer to the mouth and with the obvious meeting point being at the Off the Leash Dog Beach at the end of Stumers Creek Road, that meant we had access to clean Read more


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Biodegradability vs Compostability

Biodegradability When natural organic materials go into the ground, they tend to decompose progressively before they disappear. This is very important for the environment, which has to get rid of waste to make room for new life. Photosynthetic organisms like trees, plants and algae, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. With the power of the sun, the inexhaustible source of energy, they use it to synthesise sugars and a whole range of other substances present Read more


Would you like Plastic with your Fish?

One of the world’s most popular food sources is seafood. Our oceans provide a staggering amount of food for us and fishing is one of the world’s biggest hobbies. Millions of people every day go out and fish for fun or for work, to capture food that is part of most cultures staple diet. So why then is the fishing industry responsible for a large percentage of debris in our oceans? Commercial fishing is responsible Read more


A letter from the children of Fakarava

There are days in my life when I feel so satisfied with what I do.  Sometimes the road of a campaign like ours can be trying as company after company reject your sponsorship applications, or you see people continuing to trash the world we live in.   However our crusade to change the way people treat our oceans takes us to many wonderful places and we meet so many heart warming people who have a passion. Read more


Hays Inlet – Clontarf Estuary Clean

A while ago I had the privilege of being invited to talk to all the office staff in the Veolia Offices in Brisbane.  The day was successful and their environment team talked about working with us in the future.  Well that came to fruition last Thursday when Veolia sponsored a day with Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Green Army.  They invited us along on the day so we could organise and run a clean up Read more


Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 38 – Fiji to Brisbane

Coming to the end of a big journey like this is bitter sweet. The feat of actually finishing is one thing, however the fact that it is over is another thing all together. When you add to the fact that you are departing Fiji, well it really is a mixed feeling. We both loved Fiji and wanted to spend more time, but home was calling and the need to get home and get back to Read more


Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 37 – Fiji Part 3

One of the things I never did in Fiji when I was here last was go diving. We were running windsurfing and kitesurfing tours so a few snorkels were about as close as we got to the action. There were two dive sites in particular we wanted to check out. The Salamander Wreck and the Supermarket. The Salamander is a 30m cruise ship that was deliberately sunk and lies in 27m of water. The Supermarket Read more


Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 36 – Fiji Part 2

Waking up in Fiji means waking up in Fiji time. There is no hurry to do anything and as we had a whole weekend to fill in before we could get to the islands, that’s exactly what we did. We arose and had a casual breakfast before heading off to catch the bus into Lautoka to go to the markets. The bus comes to the front gate of Vuda Point Marina. They are basic buses Read more


Plastic in the Pacific Crusade – Part 35 – Fiji Part 1

In 1998 and 99, I ran windsurfing tours to Plantation Island in Fiji from Sailboard Headquarters in Melbourne. I took a photo on one of those trips of my friend Brendon windsurfing back towards the beach. In the distance behind him is a yacht sailing past a white sandy beach. It was the inspiration behind getting a yacht and running windsurfing charters in Fiji which I succeeded in doing in 2002 with my good friend Read more


Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water

The RQYS management committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next? Speaking with General Manager Shawn Ket, Commodore Ian Threlfall and Vice Commodore Mark Gallagher, Ocean Crusaders were told that the committee Read more