Marine debris project

This project is now complete.

This ongoing project aims 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 is being done

Marine debris is monitored by volunteers in the community at 38 sites across the Gulf St Vincent bioregion. Sites were selected at metropolitan beaches and remote areas, such as on the south coast of Kangaroo Island and lower Yorke Peninsula. The project determines if the litter is from local sources or from marine-based origins.

Litter is collected from a 1 kilometre length of beach at each site then categorised, counted and weighed. Monitoring results are entered into an online database that provides details on what was found across the 38 different monitoring sites.

Related links

Lead agency

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges


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


Coast and marine projects