Heidi Taylor, Kazzie Mahinia and Sherrin Hibbard sort through marine debris after a beach clean up on Saturday.
Heidi Taylor, Kazzie Mahinia and Sherrin Hibbard sort through marine debris after a beach clean up on Saturday. Kirra Pendergast, Common Ground

Huge haul at beach clean-up

MORE than 35 volunteers took part in a clean up at Seven Mile Beach, Broken Head, last Saturday, picking up about 200kg of marine debris.

Organised by Kazzie Mahina of Byron Bay in conjunction with Heidi and Richard Taylor from the Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society based in Queensland, the clean-up was designed to make people aware of rubbish that collects on our beaches and in the ocean.

"We all enjoy and play on the beach and in the ocean, so we are connected to it and need to look after our natural surroundings," Kazzie said.

"Tangaroa Blue is a worthy organisation and all the marine debris we pick up is catalogued into a data system so they can find out where the debris ends up."

Luke McConell from Revolve Your World was also at the clean-up.

In conjunction with the clean-up, a mermaid picnic was held with children enjoying lunch and a swim with Mahina Mermaid (Kazzie).

A raffle was also held with the chance of winning an Oceanika MerFin - eco-friendly, recycled rubber mermaid fins and matching scaled swimwear which has been developed over the past six years by Kazzie.

"Mermaiding promotes a love of the sea and its creatures," said Kazzie.

"It supports and encourages us to return to the ocean.

"It is my hope that the MerFins will inspire people to listen to nature, to play, swim and discover the beauty of the ocean - and that this may strengthen their desire to protect the sea and its creatures."

The Seven Mile Beach clean-up was sponsored by Common Ground, Byron Bay Communtiy Centre, IGA Byron Bay, Woolworths Byron Bay and Happy Days.

For information on MerFins contact mahina@oceanikamerfins.com or phone 0402 172 219.


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