VOLUNTEERS spent Saturday cleaning up rubbish from a popular recreation spot in Coogee.
The Sea Shepherd’s Perth Marine Debris Team, created by Myaree resident Marina Hansen and Fremantle locals Liza and Georgie Dicks in 2015, scoured Coogee Beach, John Graham Reserve and the area around the Ammunition Jetty as part of its July calendar of events held to support Plastic Free July.
Ms Hansen said the aim was to rid the area of plastic food packaging, cigarette butts, bottles and discarded fishing gear.
“Unfortunately this popular location is known to have large volumes of litter and we hope Saturday’s clean-up will give the area a much-needed early spring clean,” she said.
The City of Cockburn used the event to launch a new anti-litter video.
Cockburn’s environmental officer Linda Metz said the Clean Ocean, Clean Catch clip would show the area must be cared for if people want to enjoy it for activities including fishing.
“The City conducted an online survey and found that over 80 per cent of respondents listed litter as a factor that reduced their enjoyment when fishing and visiting the beach and that their main concern was the impact fishing litter has on marine wildlife,” she said.
“The clip is intended to illustrate the point that if we want to keep catching fish and enjoying this activity, we need to take responsibility for looking after the environment.” The clip is available on the City’s website.