Port Phillip Bay is home to some of the most beautiful and unique marine life if the world. While the amazing Burrunan dolphins call the Bay home, Port Phillip Bay and the Victorian coastline is visited by Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, and even Orcas!
However, the biggest threat to this incredible region, and marine environments all over the world, is unfortunately us! Our litter and waste is a significant problem, with thousands of animals killed from entanglements and plastic ingestion each year. Annually, an estimated 12.5 million metric tonnes of plastic enter the world’s oceans! Fortunately, this is a problem that we can fix! Research suggests that litter in our region is staying local, therefore we have a great opportunity to take action.
Bin Not Bay, as part of Marine Mammal Foundation’s Marine Litter Project, is designed to inspire appreciation of Port Phillip Bay’s amazing marine biodiversity, while highlighting the impact of our litter to encourage action and create long-lasting behaviour change to protect our unique marine life, including the amazing Burrunan dolphin.
Bin Not Bay provides simple and effective take-home strategies to inspire and educate the current and next-generation to reduce the impacts of marine litter. Through interactive demonstrations, underwater videos, and hands-on beach clean-ups and litter audits, Bin Not Bay’s innovative education program promotes actions and long-term behaviour change, and a RETHINK mentality to create change in our local marine environments.
To get your school or community group involved in Bin Not Bay by emailing MMF at firstname.lastname@example.org.