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Update January 18th 2022
Unfortunately, council has made the decision to cancel this year’s Clean Up for the Hatchlings in the advertised format due to the ongoing COVID situation. We will instead be asking our community to pick up rubbish in their own time safely using gloves and sharing information on the impact of marine debris on turtles and other sea life via our social channels.
However, some community groups have made the decision to proceed with their individual beach clean ups, as part of their own regular ongoing beach clean-up activities and events.
A turtle-y awesome event
Visionary Ocean Warriors is absolutely delighted to be supporting the turtle-y awesome Sunshine Coast Council beach clean up event on Saturday 29 January 2022.
Since the beginning of time, sea turtles have been returning to the land to lay their eggs on beaches all around the world. While this approach has served them well in years gone by, today all sea turtle species are experiencing a range of human-induced impacts that are threatening their continued survival.
Help to clear the way ... Image: Kanenori to Pixabay License
The main species nesting on our local Sunshine Coast beaches are the Loggerhead turtle and less frequently, the Green turtle. Even though Australia's eastern population of nesting Loggerheads is only about five hundred nesting females, the Sunshine Coast's population of sea turtles continues to be a small but meaningful sub-population.
The countdown is on for turtle hatchlings to leave their nests and start their first voyage into the sea - such a mammoth task for these little creatures. I know Sunshine Coasters would be keen to help Nature's precious little bundles reach the ocean, and what better way to do this than ensuring these cute little hatchlings have a clear run all the way down to the water.
2022 marks the 9th annual clean up for the turtle hatchlings on the Sunshine Coast. The aim of this FREE awesome event is to encourage the whole community to come together to help clean up Sunshine Coast beaches, in preparation for the hatchling turtles to emerge from their nests across the coast. All the collected litter information will be passed onto the Australian Marine Debris Database to be collated into a standardised national database on marine debris.
What can volunteers expect on the day?
The beach clean up will take place at numerous locations across the Sunshine Coast, from Coolum to Caloundra between the hours of 6.00am and 7.30am.
Following the beach clean ups, volunteers will be welcomed to weigh and sort the debris, listen to guest speakers and enjoy a FREE 'Thank you' BBQ along the coast. Please see list below for BBQ locations.
Check the above list to see if your location choice is one of the nine 'Thank you BBQ sites'. If not, check which BBQ site is allocated to your beach clean up location and then pop the date in your calendar and you're all sorted!
What to bring?
Please bring a hat, sun-safe clothing and suitable footwear.
As the Clean Up for the Hatchlings is a 'PLASTIC FREE' event (especially single-use plastics), volunteers are asked to please bring their own reusable items, wherever possible i.e. water bottle, coffee cup and gloves.
The organisers will have reusable gloves and clean-up bags for volunteers use at each location.
Let's ensure these cuties have a really good start in life - Image: Sunshine Coast Council FB
Show the love for our marine wildlife and register your interest for the Clean Up for the Hatchlings and ensure these little cuties have a really good start in life - let's all put our hands up to save the turtles!