Straddie clean-up nets tonnes of rubbish 

More than 15kg of debris was pulled up from waters around Amity Point and along the rock wall on Saturday.

Fourteen volunteers from Reef Check collected 406 cigarette butts and more than 600 pieces of metal, glass, and plastic from the beach.

From the water, more than 200 sinkers, 99 hooks and hundreds of metres of fishing line, weighing 1.3kg, were pulled from the area.

Volunteers were saddened to find a bird nest partly made of fishing line.

It was the fourth clean up the group has been involved with at Amity Point, a popular boating and fishing spot.

Since 2010, volunteers have removed more than 330kg of rubbish from the area.

After the clean-up, the rubbish is sorted and the results given to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative and the University of Queensland Turtles in Trouble project, which investigates connections between marine debris and turtle mortalities in Moreton Bay.

The OceanWatch Australia Tide to Table program supported the clean-up event for the second time, through Caring for Our Country funding.

OceanWatch Australia also supported Reef Check monitoring activities at 10 locations within the Moreton Bay area.

In-kind support for this event has been provided by Stradbroke Ferries and Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre.

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