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YP beaches given a clean up by young volunteers

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A group of teenage scouts from the Bleden Venturers group from Blackwood and Eden Hills gave the beach at Swincer’s Rocks a clean-up recently, collecting marine debris during a weekend visit.

It is the third consecutive visit to Yorke Peninsula by the group to undertake the clean-up program, which saw more than 4500 small pieces of plastic collected from the beach in the first three hours.

More than 150 pieces of fishing rope were also collected on the first day, and further large amounts of plastic were collected on the following day.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke community team leader, Yorke, Deborah Furbank says the work of the scout group plays an important role in caring for the YP environment.

"The small bits of plastic are ingested by fish and birds so it is great to get them out of the marine environment," she says.

"The rope is a hazard for marine mammals and eventually breaks down into small micro particles, entering the food chain."

The District Council of Yorke Peninsula supported the clean-up by providing free camping to the group.

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