Shark specialist calls for community help to clean up Leighton Beach


Amanda Elizabeth in her research lab.
Amanda Elizabeth in her research lab.

A SHARK documentary maker is calling on the Fremantle community to come down to Leighton on April 8 to help clean up the beach.

Amanda Elizabeth was recently appointed as the United Nations Association for Western Australia ocean lead.

The scientist said she had always been passionate about the ocean.

“I ended up watching shark documentaries and reading about marine biology so I thought why don’t I make a career out of it,” she said.

“I have always had a dream to speak at the United Nations about shark conservation and when I found out there was an association in Western Australia I gave them a call.

“It was good timing as the former ocean lead was leaving to live overseas – I went through the process and interviews and was selected in 2018.”

Ms Elizabeth said one of the issues she wanted to tackle was the amount of plastic going into the ocean.

“The whole idea of these beach clean ups is to raise awareness to the community about how much plastic ends up on our beaches and in the ocean,” she said.

“Its establishing the connection between what people use in their everyday life and that plastic may not be disposed of properly and some does end up in the ocean.

“I hope to do some more clean ups and then take all the rubbish we collect and create an artwork to represent it.

“It’s all about education, that is the key of any conservation work.”

The Osborne Park resident said she hoped to include shark conservation in her role as ocean lead.

“I do school talks in my own time but it would be great to do a forum about marine life,” she said.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: UNAA WA beach clean ups

When: Sunday April 8 from 9am to 12pm.

Where: Leighton Beach.