Marine Debris and Cleanup

Marine debris is defined as “any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment.” (UN Environment Programme, 2009). The Government of Australia notes that “marine debris is harmful to marine life including protected species of birds, sharks, turtles and marine mammals. Marine debris may cause injury or death through drowning, injury through entanglement and internal injuries, or starvation following ingestion.” – Environment SA.

SDFSA encourages its member clubs to participate in cleanup programs and initiatives, such as

The Australian Marine Debris Initiative of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation 
Clean Up Australia
Project Aware’s Dive against Debris