Fishing Waste Prototype Pod
Check out the pod our Beach Ambassadors have made with Waiheke Marine Project and conscious fisher Jude Chambers to collect fishing waste.
Fish hooks, lines, and soft bait cause real problems for wildlife so we are aiming to raise awareness and get these materials back into the community to be repurposed 🐟💙
We will be piloting the pods in a few locations soon so stay tuned! 👀
The Beach Ambassador Project is managed by the Waiheke Resources Trust and funded by the Waiheke Local Board.
The idea behind beach ambassadors is to encourage sustainable behaviour and support the public to take personal responsibility in public places by preventing littering and encouraging the "pack-in, pack out" concept to reduce overflowing bins and recycling. Our Beach Ambassadors are stationed at Waiheke’s most popular beaches: Oneroa and Little Oneroa.
Over the summers that the Beach Ambassador programme has been running, there was noticeably lower contamination of recycling bins, and the overall amounts of rubbish collected from the bins at the beach reduced.
The ambassadors carry kits containing information on Waiheke including local walkways & attractions, tides times and local newspapers. They monitor the public rest rooms and can phone through to council should they need attending to. They also have BBQ cleaning kits available for public use to ensure that these areas are good to go for the next user.
Our Ambassadors are here to help. They are locals who are able to share stories, local knowledge and a genuine pride and love for our community with the public they engage with.
The programme will run from the 4th January till the 7th February and will be on the beach every day, weather permitting.