BIEPA again participated in Clean-Up Australia Day and, as last year, our site was White Patch.
Some 16 volunteers went to work along the foreshore and the adjacent streets. It was pleasing to see that there was considerably less rubbish than last year, in particular a sharp reduction in the number of bottles and cans, undoubtedly as a result of the Container Recycling Scheme.
A stranded Juvenile Green turtle was released by a Bribie Turtle Carer, after being found by BIEPA Clean Up Australia Day volunteers (Ali and Ron) entangled in fishing line that was snagged to a branch in the mangroves along the White Patch foreshore. The young turtle was attached to the branch, exhausted and stranded in the mud on the low tide. If BIEPA’s Clean Up Australia Day volunteers and our Turtle Carer had not been collecting rubbish along the White Patch foreshore, this young Green may not have been rescued. See the happy ending on the video below.
BIEPA asks that recreational fishers learn how to unsnag their lines without losing the hook and, if necessary, dispose of their waste fishing line and tackle responsibly. Please do NOT leave it floating in our waterways.
See the happy ending on this video.
Thank you to Ali King for sharing her video of this rescue with BIEPA
Monday February 24
Topic: Solar Energy
Guest Speaker: Gary Higgins, Halcol Energy
We are looking forward to hearing all about Solar Energy this Monday night and catching up with you.
BIEPA members have been very active in the past month, so there will be lots to discuss after our Guest Speaker.
See the attached Poster for more information about the topic our Guest Speaker will be covering.
Please sign this petition:
Sussan Ley: Finally declare our precious koalas as endangered and help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 200,000 signatures and we need more support.
You can read more and sign the petition here
Thanks Vanda (aka Wanda) Grabowski, President/Secretary, Koala Action Inc.
Monday January 27
Topic: The Moreton Bay Foundation
Guest Speakers: From the newly formed, The Moreton Bay Foundation (TMBF)
TMBF has identified, “The Bay is often under-represented and forgotten when it comes to considering the impacts of decisions made on the land.” The TMBF is the new voice for Moreton Bay bringing together key stakeholders, organisations and researchers to better understand, articulate, and advocate for the future of The Bay.
We look forward to seeing you take on the challenges of protecting Bribie’s Fauna and Flora Sanctuary and embracing The Moreton Bay Foundation’s vision for the whole of Moreton Bay, while recognising Bribie Island is the Jewel in Moreton Bay!!!
Despite harsh circumstances, together we have achieved some historic wins.
You – the voice of our oceans – have secured the safety of countless marine animals this year.
Their future is brighter thanks to you.
We’ve created a video highlighting some of the great wins you made possible in 2019.
Here’s just a few of the wins you made possible.
- At long last our whales won’t face harpoons this summer! After years of fighting, we finally won the battle against Japan’s lethal whaling program in our Southern Oceans.
- We passed laws to save the Great Barrier Reef from water pollution! Our new water pollution laws in Queensland will boost coral health, helping our Reef ecosystem to be more resilient in the face of rising sea temperatures.
- We inspired SA, QLD and the ACT to commit to banning dangerous plastics! The momentum for change is incredible, and it is all thanks to you.We’re going to save our wildlife from choking on plastic.
Every member of the AMCS crew has been blown away by the number of people rising up to save our oceans this year. Whether you sent emails, phoned MPs, donated money, or participated in rallies or events, all of our collective actions have made these wins possible. Thank you.
Your support is going to be crucial in the year ahead.
We are about to enter one of the most critical decades our oceans have ever faced. Australians are feeling the heat of the climate crisis right now. Our turtles, penguins and reef wildlife are on the front line. We must rise to the challenge of protecting them.
Yet despite the challenges we face, I know the future of Australia’s ocean wildlife is brighter thanks to you.
Stay resolute. Together we truly do have the power to give healthy oceans full of life to our children and grandchildren.
Happy holidays from all of us at AMCS.
With all the crew at the Australian Marine Conservation Society