The coastline between Taree and the Central Coast have had a detox in the past twelve months, with over 4000 participants cleaning rubbish from coastal areas for the “Marine Debris Project.”

Hunter school students have gained insight into the importance of marine care with schools and community groups having removed more than 21 tonnes of marine debris from coastal waterways.

Volunteers from schools, community groups and Aboriginal teams have also collected data about the items collected to help identify the sources of marine debris and possible preventive actions.

The project was funded through a grant from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country.

Hunter-Central Rivers CMA’s Marine Officer, Brain Hughes says the project has made a huge impact on the environment.

“Everyone worked really hard to get it done by the end of June, and we’re really happy with all the outcomes we got from the project.”