Big turnout for harbour clean-up – Northern Territory Seafood Council


 19 July 2016

 Big turnout for harbour clean-up

The seventh Darwin Harbour Clean-Up attracted its biggest number of participants to date who were out today collecting rubbish around Darwin Harbour.

‘Over 200 people were working across nine land and six water-based sites, with 19 boats around Darwin Harbour,’ said NT Seafood Council, Project Officer, Ms Lyn Lambeth.

‘This year a total of 2.2 tonnes of rubbish was collected with the most common items being fishing line, cigarette butts and broken glass.

‘Some of the odder things collected this year were a cheque from the Australian Taxation Office, a letterbox on a stand, an electric shaver and crockery items including beer mugs in good condition.

‘A healthy marine environment is critical for our NT seafood industry.

‘Rubbish can lead to wildlife entanglement, animals mistaking plastic for food, microplastics entering the food chain or vessel propeller fouling, so any rubbish in the sea is a concern,’ said Ms Lambeth.

As with previous years, the clean-up was strongly supported by private businesses, community groups, government agencies, non-government organisations and the general community.

This year’s theme was Fashions on the Wharf – wear something rubbish, with some participants adding a touch of recycled items to their clean-up clothing while others interpreted this as an opportunity to pair golfing socks with Hawaiian shirts and floral shorts.

‘While we may have a bit of fun dressing up in recycled fashion, the serious aim of Darwin Harbour Clean-Up is to raise awareness of the sources and effect of rubbish ending up in the sea and to encourage everyone to bin it or take it with you,’ Ms Lambeth went on to say.

The 2016 Darwin Harbour Clean-Up is organised by the NT Seafood Council and supported by Territory Natural Resource Management through funding from the Australian Government. Further funding, resources, staff and volunteers are provided by numerous supporters and participants.


Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory

Australian Marine Conservation Society

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard

Bhagwan Marine

Belyuen Community

City of Darwin

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Darwin Fish Market

Darwin Port

Department of Defence

Department of Lands and Planning

Department of Transport

Fin Bins Waste Management

Ichthys Project


Kenbi Rangers

Larrakia Rangers

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Northern Land Council

NT Seafood Council

NT Department of Land Resource Management

NT Fisheries

NT Recycling Solutions

NT Water Police

Parks and Wildlife

Paspaley Pearls

Professional Fishing Industry

Sea Darwin

SeaLink Northern Territory

Surf Life Saving NT

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Territory Natural Resource Management

US Marines

Wagait Beach Community

Wagait Beach Supermarket

Wagait Shire Council


Media contact:

Lyn Lambeth 0497 865 082