Alice Forrest has spent much of the past few years on some of the world’s most remote islands researching Plastic Pollution in the South Pacific – specifically the amount of plastic found in commonly eaten fish. Alice’s findings have just been published, and the results are alarming.
There’s been a lot of media attention lately on the drumlines in Western Australia, but often the situation on the east is largely ignored, despite the fact that there are more drumlines in Surfer’s Paradise alone than in the whole of Western Australia.
A giant manta flies past us seemingly in slow motion, with gnarled grey eyes staring through us as we kick along beside it. Meanwhile just 32 nautical miles away, harbour waters are so polluted that locals will no longer eat the seafood, and endangered dugongs and turtles are starving due to lack of seagrass.