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Old 11-20-2012, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default Keeping the oceans clean.

Just got some literature from the Oz Government.
In a nutshell it outlines the laws for dumping garbage into Australian oceans and waterways.

It is illegal to dump any plastic, in any form into Australian waters.
It is illegal to dump any garbage, including food waste, in waters controlled by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

No garbage, including food waste is to be dumped in waterways or within 3 nautical miles of the nearest land.

Between 3 and 12 nautical miles from the nearest land, any garbage, including food waste, must be cut or ground to pieces of less than 25mm (1") in diameter.


Fines range up to $1.3 million for serious industrial breaches.

So there!

Don't say you didn't know.

So, if you don't finish the ham sandwich and want to turf it into the oggin, can you put it on a hook and call it bait?

"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!

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Old 12-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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Boy, you OZ'ies sure know how to take the fun out of feeding the sea life.
And disposing of plastic is illegal? Then there will be no more rivers of plastic we encounter from to time at sea? No more plugged sea cocks? No more over heated engines? Fouled fish lines?
Gee, I don't know if I could sail in such pristine waters.
It would be like sailing around the world in the 70's, wouldn't it?

"Any a**hole can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one"
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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Does that include floating Bendytoys ( construi par les grenouilles ) or my pet rubber duckie on the brine?

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