Join Phil Sylvester, our Travel Safety Specialist and World Nomad as he
sets of on a World Expeditions' community project in North East Arnhem
Land, working alongside the indigenous Yolngu Aboriginal rangers to
restore sea country by removing and cataloging marine debris, the
by-product of South East Asia’s fishing industry.
The virtually pristine coastline is facing a significant environmental
threat from marine debris washed in on the ocean currents. Discarded
fishing nets, rubber footwear, empty bottles and plastic bags are all
carried by these currents from throughout the South East Asian region
and deposited on the Arnhem Land Coast. All of this waste is a major
threat to the wildlife, as animals get caught up in the nets and choke
on the plastic rubbish.
Not only did they use modern day techniques for dealing with this
problem, but also relied on and learned from Traditional Yolngu
Aboriginal knowledge and understanding of the land, sea and animals.
This project enabled Phil and other travellers to work alongside and
under the direction of Yolngu Aboriginal Rangers from Dhimurru and
Laynhapuy Land Management as they together collected, catalogued and
disposed of the marine rubbish.
Thank-you to the 2,583 donors who made this possible!
also like to warmly thank the 2,583 customers of WorldNomads.com who
donated AUD$6,000 via Footprintsnetwork.org to fund provision of quad bikes, trucks and fuel that enabled the marine rubbish to be collected and safely disposed of.
Read the full project report