Divers take to the sea for Amity clean up

A GROUP of volunteers is working to ensure the land and sea around Amity Point stays clean.

Experienced divers will take to the water off the North Stradbroke Island town tomorrow as part a beach clean-up day.

The Clean Straddie Working Group, made up of groups such as Clean Oceans Australia, Friends of Stradbroke Island, Sibelco and QYAC is encouraging members of the community to come to the foreshore on Saturday morning and help with the clean-up effort.

Community groups have spent the past four years holding regular clean-ups in the town and its waterways, collecting more than a tonne of rubbish.

Data on the rubbish collected will be passed on to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, which will determine where the trash originates.

Clean Oceans Australia founder Blair Jedras said fishing line, cigarette butts and plastic pieces were common objects found on the beach and in the water.

He said between 30 and 40 per cent of turtle deaths reported on Stradbroke were attributed to rubbish ingestion and entanglement.

"After organising the underwater clean-up initiative at Amity Point for several years, I have started to see a difference each time we return," he said.

"The key now is to stop new rubbish from entering our oceans and each of us can help."

Volunteers can register to help with the land-based clean up from 9am on Saturday at Cabarita Park, Amity Point.

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