Do you want to make a difference? Our hardcore team is always looking for extra hands.

NB: You must book a ticket through Eventbrite to attend this event.

Ocean Crusaders have a 2 year contract to clean the waters of Bundaberg LGA. We visit 3-4 times a year for 6 days. Cruise along and fill our 7m Landing Barge with rubbish strewn throughout across the area. Yes that is what we are dealing with. Tonnes of debris washed in over decades. The more hands we have the quicker we can clean this out.

This opportunity is NOT FOR CHILDREN.

We need hardcore crew. You need to wear clothes that cover you from top to tail. They will get wet and muddy. Shoes need to be solid but suitable for getting wet. Gumboots are ideal.

This is not ‘your’ every day clean up, this is an Ocean Crusaders Clean Up. This is reality and we are seeking hard core volunteers to join us for a day or two here and there. Average clean up day will see over a tonne removed.

There are only 4 spots available on the boat each day. You need to book a spot through the eventbrite ticket link.

We will be leaving from the Ferry St Boat Ramp at 0800. We usually return to the ramp by 2:00ish.

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This week we had the first of five Bushfire Recovery Planting days proudly supported by Arbor Day Foundation and FedEx.
The Black Summer Bushfires devastated Mark and Jen’s property in the Adelaide Hills, burning many large old trees to the ground resulting in the loss of valuable habitat for local wildlife.
Trees For Life (SA) volunteers were joined by team members from IKEA Adelaide who together battled against the cold and wind to plant 630 trees on Mark and Jen’s property.
The Arbor Day Foundation, based in Nebraska, reached out to Trees For Life to ask how they could help after seeing the devastation caused by the bushfires.
Across June and July we’re partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation and FedEx to plant 2,500 trees on bushfire-affected properties in the Adelaide Hills.
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A great weekend spent on K’gari with the team at K’gari Fraser Island Adventures. We also had the pleasure to introduce Zero Co to the island and the plastic problem it faces every day. They bought up their entire team for a corporate clean up and showed amazing enthusiasm in cleaning up this paradise. Together we removed 547 kg of plastic.

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Mermaids from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Israel, Egypt, UK and Australia broadcast live from around the world on June 8th, World Ocean Day. “We have mermaids live in tails interviewing experts at global facilities on WOD. These interviews will be presented to over 25,000 classrooms through our partnership with CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration),” comments Jeff Weiner, CEO of Fins Magazine.

The live video interviews will highlight several animals including: the American Eel at the Toronto Zoo, Sea Turtles at Sea Turtle Inc., Stingrays at Ripley Aquarium in Canada, Coral Reefs at Jenkins’s Aquariums and little penguins from the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

This is a free live event for everyone. “We are here to help. There is a strong global community of mermaids. The magic of mermaids in tails helps broaden audiences, raise awareness of important issues and present a voice for the sea,” continued Mr. Weiner. “We at Fins Magazine are excited to bring this event to the general public and hope to demonstrate that Mermaids can and should be part of conservation and environmental awareness efforts.

On World Ocean Day (8th June 2021), countries from all four corners of the world – from India to Guyana, South Korea to Austria have pledged to support the ‘30 by 30’ commitment which is being championed by the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, co-chaired by the UK, Costa Rica and France.

This next milestone follows a successful meeting of the G7 Climate and Environment ministers, during which all members agreed to champion the global ‘30×30’ target to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and at least 30 percent of the world’s ocean by 2030, as well as committing to ‘30 x 30’ domestically.

Members of the Global Ocean Alliance and/or the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

The PADI Torchbearer community has the power to influence policymakers and governments around the world.

Throughout 2021, we will continue to rally for support of the We Are One Ocean 30×30 Petition, calling on world leaders to protect 30 percent of our shared, global ocean by 2030. In February, we will ask for every Torchbearer to participate in the Great Barrier Reef Census, the world-first citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. We will also continue to work along-side our primary partner in conservation, Project AWARE, to enlist Torchbearers to help save the Short-Fin Atlantic Mako Shark and to continue to grow Dive Against Debris, PADI’s flagship underwater citizen-science program with the power to influence waste management policies around the world.

2021 will present more opportunities to take actions that heal and protect the ocean.

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In celebration of World Ocean Day and World Ocean Week, you are invited to join us tomorrow (Thursday) at 11am AEST (9pm EST Wednesday) as we hear from the Heroes of the Sylvia Earle, the leading conservationists that are honoured onboard our new vessel, as they discuss their hopes, achievements and thoughts for igniting greater care for our natural world.

Prepare to be inspired by Sharon Kwok – Future Generations Educator, Dr Carden Wallace AM – Coral Conservation Champion, Joanna Ruxton – Plastic Pollution Campaigner, Bernadette Demientieff – Arctic Wildlife Guardian, Dr. Asha De Vos – Marine Biologist and Ocean Educator, Hanli Prinsloo – Freediver and Ocean Conservationist and of course, her deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle.

Co-hosted by Monique Ponfoort & Michael Aw.

Join the online event here:

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Local brew and seafood Cook Up
Jervis Bay Brewing Co is hosting a celebration of what the sustainable use of our local waters can provide for us!

A local team effort of Jervis May Mussels, PhycoHealth seaweed and PhycoBucha – the first sip launching here. Enjoy a full evening menu of:
Seaweed Flatbread with local herbs and goats cheese
Seafood Paella with South Coast Mussels and Seaweed
1 brew of choice (JB Brew or the new PhycoBucha! (Kombucha with seaweed launching today)
Worlds Ocean Quiz with prizes

Profits will go to the Australian Marine Conservation Society Giving Day where every dollar will be matched!

Join Plastic Oceans Australasia this World Ocean Day to learn about what is impacting our ocean and what we can do to protect it.

Want to learn more about what’s impacting the ocean? Join Plastic Oceans Australasia this World Ocean Day as they speak to three special guests working in different ways to educate people on the impacts to the oceans surrounding Australia and abroad.

Ricki Herburgh will host this special event which will include a Q&A session for the audience to ask our guests questions. If you can’t make it, please email your question to and we’ll ask it during the webinar.

You must register for this event to receive the webinar link, Click here to register.


Guest Speakers

Adam Costello, Owner of Inland Sea, UK

Adam is a keen surfer and passionate about the outdoors. Inland Sea was initially set up to raise awareness about the impact plastic in the sea. The business prides itself on protecting the planet and promoting positive climate action, and it will invest profits from the business back into seaweed farms around the UK to help them become more established. Inland Sea will also reduce carbon emissions through sustainable distribution and clothing will be made at environmentally friendly factories. Read more in the Kickstarter Campaign.

David Booth, Professor of Marine Ecology at University of Technology Sydney

David Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology at University of Technology Sydney, and was previously the President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has published over 160 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries, in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, NSW coast, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian Current past Sydney. David is a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks and is a core member of the Ocean Science Council of Australia and the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group.

Nicola Tsiolis, World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council Member and co-host of The Greenstyle Podcast

Nicola is a member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. Currently studing a Bachelor of Marine Science at Deakin University, the 19-year-old is driven to learn more about the impact of plastic and work with like-minded young people to protect it. As an Ocean Youth Ambassador (Sea Life Trust) 2019 alumni, Nicola has founded Sea Change Network. Nicola also co-hosts a sustainable, ethical fashion podcast called ‘The Greenstyle Podcast’ that showcases the businesses in Australia and New Zealand that are pathing the way of the future of fashion and using fashion as a force for good.


Ricki Hersburgh, Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Australasia

A seasoned environmental sustainability professional, Ricki has held several senior management positions in Australia and internationally. Her passion and dedication to the plastics challenge have driven her and the team to develop cutting-edge behaviour change programs for schools, businesses, government, and community groups based on scientific research.

Plastic Oceans Australasia delivers comprehensive marine education programs to schools around the region. As all our webinars are free, you’re welcome to make a donation to support the development of new resources on the impact of marine plastic which effects the health and wellbeing of all animals. To make a tax-deductible donation, go to

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Join us for a special World Ocean Day event showcasing QUT’s scientific research and marine field work experience spanning from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica. Hear from five our researchers on a diverse range of topics and how they are tackling scientific problems related to our present and ancient oceans.
Attend in person or tune in via Zoom

(password: 396198).

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World Ocean Day CollaborOCEANS initiative of lighting up the Sails of Sydney Opera House with Valerie Taylor ‘Queen of the Oceans’ – marine adventurer, pioneering conservationist and artist.

This World Ocean Day on 8 June, CollaborOCEANS ‘KINGDOM OF CORAL’ joins with Exhibition Patron Valerie Taylor to promote her conservation message that ‘Our marine world is a precious gift’.

For 2021, World Ocean Day is raising awareness of and support for the global movement to protect at least 30% of the world’s lands, waters and ocean by 2030 (30×30).  Safeguarding at least 30% through a network of highly protected areas can help us to regain a healthy ocean and climate.

At exactly 5:10pm on 8 July 2021, Valerie Taylor will have the privilege to call the switch to light up the CollaborOCEANS ‘KINGDOM OF CORAL’ exhibition on the emblematic Sails of the Sydney Opera House.  Australians will get to enjoy Valerie’s illustrations from her private collection magically brought to life though animation for this special day to celebrate our seas globally.

This World Ocean Day we want to celebrate our natural marine wonders through sharing artistic imagery on the Sails of the Sydney Opera House at the water’s edge.  Who better to choose for her exquisite watercolour paintings than our own living wonder Valerie Taylor, Australia’s ‘QUEEN OF THE OCEAN’?

Valerie Taylor is a trailblazer for marine protection zones having won protection for many places on the Great Barrier Reef before it was given World Heritage status.  It was for this early conservation action that she received the honour of the “ORDER OF THE GOLDEN ARK” by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.


One of these ‘creatives’ is pioneering marine conservationist and global icon Valerie Taylor AM – who is better known in front of a camera than behind a paint brush.  The Sails will light up with her enchanting marine underwater illustrations, depicting an adventurous ‘Mermaid’ named Melody who is a courageous marine life guardian.

Other ‘creatives’ whose works will be seen lighting up the Sails include:


Valerie Taylor will receive the ‘Queen of the Sharks Award’ at the switching on of the Sails.  This award is presented to Valerie as an industry leader whose contributions to the innovation of marine science as well as entertainment has changed the industry for the better.  This award follows Valerie’s new documentary being officially selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section.  ‘PLAYING WITH SHARKS’ is a feature documentary from director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton, and is the first Australian feature to win.  We go on a journey of new understandings about shark species through Valerie’s life at sea, from fear to respect and awe of these complex, often misunderstood creatures who need our protection and attention on this World Ocean Day.

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