TANGAROA Blue is calling for volunteers to clean up Bathers Beach.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation WA Marine Debris project coordinator Maureen Maher said she has been involved in managing litter for some time.
“When you go out and you see that stuff washed up, you really see the impact of plastic on the ocean and how devastating it is for marine life,” she said.
“We do clean up but get people to collect data on what they find, it is very powerful to change behaviours.”
Achievements from data include getting the Bureau of Meteorology to change the balloons they use to measure temperature as polystyrene components were found in clean ups.
Ms Maher asked volunteers on the day to take a look at what they collect.
“ I hope people can make an effort to reduce their own plastic use,” she said.
“Unless we all change how we use plastic and how dispose the of the waste it will take a long time for the ocean to recover.”
She said the goal for the future was to help change practices of individuals and corporations.
“Look at how they use plastic packaging, how they design their products and like to work with organisations to find alternatives,” she said.
“We would love people to get involved, if they don’t want to organise an event they can join one.”
Volunteers can join the Bathers Beach clean up on October 13 from 8.30am.