Walking on a beach in the gulf – if you are observant – you could see whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions and any number of bird species. But the greatest biodiversity is below the surface, and unless you scuba dive or snorkel, the best chance of getting to know what lives in our coastal waters is by beachcombing.

Beachcombing is a true joy. You never know what you might find – even on metropolitan beaches. Early morning is best, while the sand is still smooth after the high tide, and the gulf’s treasures are dotted along the beach.

The things that are washed up on the shore are an indication of what is living in our coastal waters, reefs and seagrass beds.

Suggestions for happy and ethical beachcombing:

  • Take a camera – you never know what you might see!
  • Be aware of local regulations about removing things from beaches – particularly in National Parks
  • Never remove living animals or plants– put them back into the water!
  • Carry a bag to collect rubbish
  • Report unusual or hazardous things on the beach to the local council
  • Useful phone numbers
    • Fishwatch – 1800 065 522 (to report unusual species, shark sightings, pest species etc)
    • DEWNR – 0400 939 443 or 0400 998 656 (marine mammals – stranded or injured, or being harassed)
    • Dead marine mammals – 1800 065 522 (Fishwatch) 0412 708 012 (SA Museum) or your local NPWS


 Continuing on with our chat with Featured speaker Sarah-Jo Lobwein and the work she does in regards to single use plastics #swapforthesea 2. Plastics - what can’t you avoid or still struggle with finding an alternative? . “Dried Dog food that’s not overly expensive (but recently found a brand that is meant to be home compostable packaging but will have to see if it passes my dog’s taste test!), potato and corn crisps (there seems to be alternative to all other snack packaging except for these) and CDs – I have always loved the joy of purchasing a new music CD and most come in plastic hard or paperboard plastic covered. Those three all have alternatives, but they are my naughty weaknesses. . The main struggle for me, as a someone who is gluten AND lactose intolerant AND travels to remote places, is sometimes I have to eat a lot of rice or just accept the plastic until I find a way to get the venue or place to change. Usually I take my own packaging with me and then bring it home to recycle, for example when I am home my bread comes in paper or reusable bags, but travelling I will take with me gluten free bread in plastic sealed bags.” . Plastic Free July example of a ready to go reusable kit you can have waiting by the door as you head out. . . . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent
 Continuing on with our chat with Featured speaker Sarah-Jo Lobwein and the work she does in regards to single use plastics #swapforthesea . 1. Plastics - what have become your favourite swap items? . “There are technological advancements and inventions, (or rediscoveries of what society used before we became addicted to plastic), all the time that amaze me – straws made out of wheat for example, and consumable soft bio plastic packaging of pasta made out of algae that we can just throw into boiling water etc. . But my favourites are the every day items – reusable, take your own or compostable straws, cutlery, takeaway containers, coffee cups, water bottles, shopping bags, paper bin bags and produce bags because they are so easy and accessible –humans were using them before plastic was invented or became prolific. The ones that reduce waste in general such reusable or not using an item at all is the best solution (such as not using a straw), and then compostable such as paper or bamboo. . Personally I can’t believe how empty my bins are once I phased out most plastics – I use the paper sandwich/ mushroom veggie bags or paper retail shopping bags for my bin and wash out the bin if it gets dirty (and there are businesses now that can come clean your bins!) - there is always an alternative.” . . . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent

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