Partnership between SRAP and ALCE continues in 2021

SRAP-IEAP and ALCE contributed their efforts collecting marine litter and raising awareness of the on-going impacts of waste, in particular plastics, in oceans and estuaries during the week of Clean-up Australia. SRAP member Dr Ana Rubio discussed with ALCE students from Maroubra (Sydney) practical solutions to help us all live in a healthier and more sustainable environment.

Dr. Ana Rubio (left) with the ALCE students in Maroubra (Sydney).

Students were all aware of the issues of plastics in the environment but seeing the volume and type of rubbish really brought home the issue. Also we discussed the amount of time that takes for some products to decomposed- for example: fishing line takes 600 years, thick plastic bottles close to 500 years and cigarette buts 1 to 5 years. Both of the ALCE groups at Maroubra categorised and counted rubbish. With the older group we even created a graph to visualise the results. Some of the students also made a pledge to act on the issue.

Thanks Gabriel and Raquel for the collaboration with ALCE!

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Ana Rubio Zuazo

About Ana Rubio Zuazo

I have 15 years of operational and management experience in Coastal NRM with an emphasis on marine aquaculture. My research revolves around marine ecology and aquaculture, in particular in relation to the cultivation of oysters. Most of my research focuses on the Sydney Rock Oyster and the Pacific Oysters. A number of projects that I am currently involved in are included in this industry website: • Coastal Natural Resource Management projects • Monitoring and response to Harmful Algal Blooms • Designing, conducting, statistical analysis and reporting of ecological and water quality data • Design, development and implementation of environmental and aquaculture-based research projects: design of state-wide oyster monitoring programs, disease investigations; production • Aquaculture advisor • Twenty years of experience in project management of aquatic monitoring programs • Calibration, set-up and deployment of water quality instrumentation • Extensive experience in field work (remote sites, off-boat sampling, benthic sampling, water quality monitoring, SCUBA assessments) • GIS, Modelling, reporting, web-portal design, education packages