Reef Check Australia divers find marine debris off Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island

DIVERS: Reef Check Australia divers recovered three kilograms of marine debris.
DIVERS: Reef Check Australia divers recovered three kilograms of marine debris.

DIVERS collected three kilograms of marine debris off Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island on Saturday in support of World Oceans Day.

A Reef Check Australia spokesperson said divers had found the rubbish around the boat ramp while underwater for less than an hour.

FOUND: Reef Check Australia divers found fishing line, lures and sinkers underwater at Amity.

FOUND: Reef Check Australia divers found fishing line, lures and sinkers underwater at Amity.

"Unsurprisingly, the rubbish collected was largely fishing line, lures and sinkers," the spokesperson said.

"Many people are unaware that irresponsible fishing practices, including fishing equipment debris, are a major issue for our marine environments.

"The old sinkers will be send on to be smelt into lead weights so they at least won't go to waste."

The spokesperson said the team was pleasantly surprised to see the park and beach areas were already clean.

World Oceans Day aims to celebrate, protect and conserve oceans.

Reef Check Australia is an environmental charity dedicated to protecting reefs and oceans by empowering people

For information, visit reefcheckaustralia.org.