Coast to Coral Marine Debris: How to keep your local beach clean

We are a bit late starting but we are excited to announce our first talk for 2022.

Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the second Tuesday night of each month in your lounge room/office/comfy chair, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.

This month we will hear from our very own Pablo Fuenzalida. Most of you will know Pablo as he generally hosts our talks for us, but he puts his "other hat" on for this talk. Pablo Fuenzalida is a student currently undertaking a double degree in Animal Ecology & Business focusing on Tourism, Leisure & events management at the University of the Sunshine Coast. On top of being a Reef Check Ambassador, he also holds several jobs at the University including being a research assistant under Dr. Thomas Schlacher, a Professor in marine science focusing on Beach Ecology. 

Since November 2020, Professor Schlacher has led a group of researchers investigating marine debris, where it comes from and how it ends up on the coastal beaches of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas in Southeast Queensland, Australia.

Marine debris is a problem facing the entire globe with plastic being found in every corner of the earth. Unfortunately, the problem is only becoming worse as time passes, adding more pressure to understand and tackle the colossal problem. The team of researchers at USC are attempting to map where plastic washes up on the beach, what weather conditions bring in the most amount of rubbish to pick the right time to clean as well as collect other types of data in order to understand the ‘story’ each piece tells. This talk will focus on empowering local communities with information on where and when washed-up debris is most abundant in your local area.

Virtual doors (zoom) opens at 6.25pm for a 6:30 pm start.

Stay after the event for networking and nibbles (BYO obviously!) - get your burning questions answered and continue your thoughts, ideas and sea-minded discussions with your local community, all from the comfort of your couch!

Bring a mate and share in the discovery!

At Reef Check Australia we’re all about inspiring our mates and we love to read your thoughts! So, share your favourite parts about the night and tag us! Reef Check Australia #coasttocoral

This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by oh so many groups including the City of Gold Coast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant, and Townsville City Council.

Future talks take place on the second Tuesday night of each month, with a new, interesting and engaging speaker.

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February 15, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Will you come?