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In 2016, Parks Australia organised the Coral Sea Clean-up and Bio-discovery Voyage.

Marine park managers were joined by marine debris scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and volunteers from Tangaroa Blue, Surfrider Foundation, and Take 3 community organisations.

The voyage team traveled across the marine park, collecting data on locations and levels of marine debris, including microplastics.

Understanding what types of debris are out there and where they turn up helps us work towards eliminating them at their source.And of course, the team removed all the marine debris they found during the voyage.

Back in port, the team worked with the Ghost Net Art Project in Cairns to host a marine debris art project.Artists sculpted marine animals from debris, and the exhibition helped raise community awareness of marine debris issues.

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