A NUMBER of students from South Fremantle Senior High School did their bit for the environment last week as they took part in the TeachWild program, joining scientists from the CSIRO on a marine debris survey of Cottesloe Beach.
Developed by Earthwatch Australia and part of a three-year national marine debris research and education program, the students and scientists surveyed the beach, mapping the distribution and major sources of the debris and measuring the impact it had on wildlife.
Largely made up of plastic, glass and fishing nets, the data collected will contribute to a national marine debris database, which will highlight the extent of the issue.
South Fremantle Physical Education Marine teacher Craig Smith said it was an opportunity to involve students and teachers in the work.
“Our students really looked forward to working alongside professionals from Earthwatch and the CSIRO,” he said.
“They are aware of the issue of marine debris and hope to learn much more about its impact on Australian coastlines and wildlife.”