Level 2 – the SeaBin has been turned back on after 8 weeks!
Like the rest of us, the SeaBin has been in ‘lockdown’. On Friday 15th we were able to start it up again. First, we brushed clean the submerged casing and then dropped in the catch-bag. The power was turned on and off she went!
Three days later we returned to empty the contents. There were a lot of micro-plastics – many in the form of foam pieces <5mm in size; several bits of soft, clear plastic wrapping/bags and the usual cigarette butts. The exciting find was a SEAHORSE! She was healthy and we were able to return her to the marina along with a large number of shrimps, a beautiful flatworm and a baby parore!
The marina water was clearer than we’ve ever seen it – a result of no boat activity. Obviously the sea creatures have been enjoying the peace of the last couple of months as much as we have!
We’re very excited to announce the showing of our Hauora Moana monitoring work with Ngunguru Primary School on Clarke Gayford’s TV show – ‘Fish of the Day’.
Screening at 5.30pm on New Zealand’s TV3, Sunday 16th Feb.
Filmed last spring on the Tutukaka Coast – featuring Ngunguru School Yr6 students monitoring the health of the Ngunguru Estuary using our qualitative survey techniques and Tawhiti Rahi Poor Knights with Dive Tuts!
We’ve not seen a preview so have no idea what it’ll be like!
Another successful Waitangi Day as a rubbish ambassador with EcoSolutions!
A dedicated team of volunteers guided the crowd into throwing their waste into these 3 bins – compost, recycling and rubbish. The compost bin was the winner! The majority of food and drink containers were compostable and will be turned into lovely soil by Waipapa Landscapers.
We left the Treaty Grounds looking pretty mint!
My only disappointment was the level of ignorance around what is compostable and how lazy humans can be when it comes to checking which bin to use…. turn my back for 30 seconds, glance into the bins, find food and recycling in the rubbish bin. Also the huge number of plastic water bottles used once then thrown away .. many with precious life-giving water left in them.
Tutukaka Twilight Markets has gifted the Trust a stall on the Tutukaka Green for their Saturday afternoon markets. Come and see what the SeaBin has collected; check out Glenn’s books for sale – The Ocean is Alive, Poor Knights Wonderland, Humpback Whales of the South West Pacific – we also have only 2 canvas prints left of the Humpbacks in Tonga….
This is a great opportunity to get our message out there and engage with interested people.
Pippa Benton will be there to explain the SeaBin Project to you. She’s well qualified to do this as she won a National Science Award in 2018 for her project on the SeaBin!
The Trust was fortunate to have a stall at the Matapouri Gala day on 2 Jan and we met some lovely people who care about the health of the Ocean. It was particularly inspiring to meet enthusiastic youngsters who are translating their passionate caring into action.
We had the rubbish collected by the Tutukaka Marina SeaBin on display – all sorted into separate containers. It’s not the solution, but it still helps to make a difference.
Any rubbish on land or in the Ocean is only a reflection of our carelessness and disrespect for our incredibly beautiful life support system – Mother Ocean Earth.