Litter Hotspots projects - bay and beach

Port Phillip Bay has many beaches, marine environments and high numbers of visitors. Litter found on beaches and in the Bay is an issue. Some of it is from beach-going public but a lot of litter also stems from the upper river catchments. Community engagement, clean-ups and microplastics are a key focus for beach projects.

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Bay and beach projects and resources

The table below outlines the bay and beach projects. Please click on the links for further information and to read the project case studies.



Friends of Westgate Park Inc: Keeping Westgate Park litter free This project was a community-partnered project aimed at reducing litter within Westgate Park and along the Yarra River frontage. Friends of Westgate Park partnered with a range of volunteer-based organisations, such as the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Landcare and Conservation Volunteers Australia to conduct litter clean-ups and community awareness raising activities. 
Friends of Williamstown Wetlands: Wader Beach for Birds Not Litter  This project received two rounds of funding. The first round was used to identify the nature and extent of litter washing up on Wader Beach, and create an action plan to clean up, reduce, and prevent the mobilisation of litter in Port Phillip Bay. The second round was used to implement the action plan and gather more evidence on litter sources and the impact of litter on marine life.
Wyndham City Council: Hook, Line and Litter This project tackled fishing related litter at key fishing locations along the Werribee River and Werribee South Foreshore. The project involved a combination of infrastructure, education and enforcement approaches to capture and reduce fishing lines and tackle entering local waterways and Port Phillip Bay. 
Bellarine Catchment Network: Caring for Corio Bay Caring for Corio Bay was a multi-partnership alliance project focused on coordinating and integrating awareness, infrastructure and enforcement activities to reduce litter and improve water quality in Corio Bay. 
Port Phillip EcoCentre: Turn Off the Tap - Catchment to Bay Litter Prevention & Monitoring Port Phillip EcoCentre and key partners used their networks to undertake litter surveys, conduct school education activities and clean-up action at sites along Port Phillip Bay, Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers and along smaller waterways within the catchment. This project received the Clean Beach/Waterway - Community Project Award at the Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards. 
Tangaroa Blue Foundation: Operation Clean Sweep Tangaroa Blue Foundation's Operation Clean Sweep was an industry engagement program focused on reducing plastic resin pellet pollution in Port Phillip Bay. Tangaroa Blue worked with the plastics industry, bayside councils Kingston and Wyndham, the Western Region Environment Centre and Werribee River Association to pilot an industry engagement program.


  • Case study: Marine impacts of microplastics Case Study 1.1 MB

    This case study highlights research and action to reduce the impacts of plastic 'nurdles' and beads by the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Tangaroa Blue, Sustainability Victoria and CSIRO.

  • Case study: Engaging industry Case Study 1.6 MB

    This case study examines how Tangaroa Blue's Operation Clean Sweep project targeted plastic pellet pollution in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.

Last updated: 20/05/2020