Marine debris project

This project is now complete.

This project aimed to understand the sources of marine debris (litter) entering our local ocean environments and the potential impacts on marine ecosystems and wildlife. The information from this project contributes to a nation-wide investigation of marine debris.

What was done?

Marine debris was monitored by the community at 38 sites across the Gulf St Vincent bioregion between 2010 and 2013. Monitoring sites were selected at metropolitan beaches and remote sites, such as places on the south coast of Kangaroo Island and lower Yorke Peninsula. This enabled the project to determine if the litter was locally sourced or marine-based in origin.

Litter was collected from a one kilometre length of beach at each site then categorised, counted and weighed. Monitoring results were entered into an online database that provides details on what was found across 38 different monitoring sites.

Related links


Natural Resources Northern and Yorke; Natural Resources Kangaroo Island; South Australian Museum; Whale and Dolphin Conservation Australasia

Funding partners

Australian Government - Caring for Country logo


Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges