Many of us love visiting our beaches, rivers and coastal waters. We can play on the beach, go swimming, surfing, snorkelling or scuba diving. Others go sailing or power boating or recreational fishing.
Thousands of Australians as well as foreign seafarers work on ships carrying cargoes into and out of our ports. Others work on oil rigs drilling for oil on the North West Shelf while others work on fishing boats. There are many jobs around our 37,000 kms coastline.
Whether we use the sea for our leisure or work we all have a big responsibility to protect the seas and oceans. We must keep them free from pollution. Australia has some of the world’s best beaches and the most amazing marine habitats. We must all make sure they stay that way.
A lot of people think all the pollution in the sea comes from ships and fishing vessels. Experts have calculated that about 80 % of marine pollution comes from the land.