Sea Shelter Cleans Up Breakwall and Marina at Nelson Bay FEATURED Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - November 27, 2018 Brian Wackett, Kate King, Nathan Bass, Kate Hannigan Sea Shelter volunteers collecting up rubbish on the Nelson Bay Break Wall. WE all know that the drain is just for rain. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE However the consequences to the environment for those that fail to put their rubbish in the bin is massive. In a second clean up this year Sea Shelter volunteers picked through the rocks on the Nelson Bay breakwall and dove the marina collecting a massive amount of rubbish. Sea Shelter was started by the team at Irukandji Shark and Ray encounters. It is Sea Shelters mission to to educate and act through research, including the recording of fish numbers; rehabilitation which is the work that they conduct in removing waste from the waterways; rescuing sick and injured animals and rehabilitating them; and regenerating local environments such as the sponge gardens. Port Stephens and the Hunter is a known marine ecological hotspot in Australia and Sea Shelter are making it their mission to maintain, assist in attenuation programs or regenerate the habitats already lost. Lia Pereira of Sea Shelter told News Of The Area, “The clean up collected in total 2196 pieces of litter, not including fishing line which the volunteers collected a total of 2.88kms of.” In the majority the clean up team collected mostly fishing items, bait bags and food, drink, and cigarette waste. “The largest items removed from the marina were a shopping trolley, bike and a deck chair,” she said. With the majority of the refuse being food packaging and fishing line. Sea Shelter runs entirely off volunteers donating our time for the sake of the ocean, allowing all the profits to go straight to the ocean. You can find out more about getting involved in Sea Shelter and its work in Port Stephens on their Facebook page or at http://seashelter.org By Marian SAMPSON Chelsea Lewis, Parissa Reeve-Parker, Amy Stent, Sarah Haggenruiller, Kaisu Valikangas, Jackie Chan, Steve Armour getting ready to dive for Sea Shelter. Nathan Bass on the bike recovered during the cleanup.