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Crew with a Cause: Keeping Seas Clean

Dec 1st 17
By Steve Davis

    

It takes all of us to help keep our seas clean — and every little bit goes a long way. When 73-meter M/Y Dragonfly slipped into its berth at Abell Point Marina, the crew quickly took advantage of the area’s natural beauty. The marina, located in Airlie Beach in North Queensland, Australia, is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
 
 
 

“We’re always looking for projects that offer something back to the local communities that host us whilst we cruise, finding altruistic uses for the crew and yacht is also a fun team building event,” says Capt. Mike Gregory. No stranger to aid relief in communities around the world — Dragonfly was part of the cyclone relief effort in Vanuatu in 2015 — the crew quickly got to work after being introduced to Eco Barge Clean Seas by Abell Point.  
  
 

“Eco Barge Clean Seas is a well established and locally run organization that focuses on cleaning up marina debris in the Whitsunday region and throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,” says Joscelyn O’Keefe of Abell Point Marina. “The crew assisted with cleaning up the foreshore area in Airlie Beach on the mainland of the Whitsunday coast, including areas of beach and mangrove.”  
  
 

The Dragonfly crew got stuck in, with 26 volunteers collecting more than 226 kilograms of marine debris for a total of 2,139 items, including aluminum cans, food packaging, cigarette butts, and glass bottles. “Our management team Y.CO have an initiative called Clearwater that is currently focused on reducing ocean plastics,” says Gregory, “[and] beach cleanups do their bit to stop that garbage entering our oceans and is in harmony with the goals of Clearwater.” So get out there and do your part.  



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