Port Phillip Bay Polluted with Microplastics – Australia

Port Phillip Bay Polluted with Microplastics – Australia

Posted on June 26, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News


MELBOURNE’S bays and rivers are in danger of ­becoming a “plastic soup” if nothing isPortPhillip Nurdles done to curb litter from spilling into the city’s waterways.

Environmental experts and campaigners have ­expressed concern about the number of tiny plastic particles, known as microplastics, found in Port Phillip Bay that have come through the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers and threaten aquatic life.


Microplastics have been found washed up at many of the state’s beaches.

As a result, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake has teamed up with Yarra Riverkeeper Ian Penrose to trawl the water with a specially designed net for plastics as part of a trial initiated by Port Phillip Council and paid for under the Government’s Litter Hot Spots ­Program.