Thursday 11 July 2019
Waterman Testers, volunteers committed for water quality
Wednesday 03 July 2019
Farewell letter to the plastic bag
Thursday 27 June 2019
The Directive on bathing water quality at the heart of future European discussions
Tuesday 25 June 2019
The bathing season is starting but is the water quality improving?
Tuesday 18 June 2019
WATCH: The Coastal Landfill of Dollemard Eroding Into The Ocean
Thursday 13 June 2019
When European cities commit to fighting plastic bottle pollution
Save the Great Australian Bight from big oil
Norwegian fossil fuel company Equinor has announced plans to drill for oil in the Australian Bight. The proposed excavation would be extremely risky, complex, and remote, and if it failed, there is a potential risk of oil reaching beaches thousands of kilometers away. An oil spill in the Bight would be catastrophic.
The Great Australian Bight is one of the most pristine ocean environments left on Earth, supporting vibrant coastal communities, jobs and recreational activities. The Bight sustains wild fisheries and aquaculture industries worth around $440 million per annum (2012–13) and regional tourism industries worth around $1.2 billion per annum (2013–14). Flanked by the Nullarbor and the longest continuous sea cliffs in the world, the Bight is a haven for whales, fish, birds, marine mammals, plants life and an array of invertebrate ecosystems. The area has unique nutrient upwellings which provide critical habitat for countless species including some of the last remaining colonies of endangered Australian sea lions. Scientists estimate around 85% of the species that live in the Great Australian Bight are found nowhere else on Earth. What happens to the environment of the Bight affects the diversity of the marine world on a global scale.