Restoration success at Avoid Island

By June 20, 2014 August 24th, 2017 Great Barrier Reef Islands

The end of May saw the volunteers join three staff on the Wild Cat for the 6 hour trip to Avoid Island, South East of Mackay.

The weeks goal was to undertake beach scrub restoration and remove marine debris from the beaches. For a small group there was a lot of work to be done and no one shied away from it. We cleaned all of the island beaches of plastic, removed Mossman river grass from one side of the island and removed and poisoned about 1/3 of the maybe 5000 mango trees and saplings. There is still a lot of work to be done but our mobsters out in a massive effort and it is very rewarding to see the difference.

In our down time we all enjoyed exploring the island and its many coves and tracks. The weather was fantastic! It was nice to be in a nature refuge and a very important rookery for the Flatback turtles. The clean up will make a difference to the many turtles that nest on the islands beaches every year. Thanks to everyone involved it was a great week of hard work.

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