Clean Bay Blueprint

Clean Bay Blueprint

Why this project?

Plastic pollution is currently one of Victoria's largest threats to waterway health. It is a well-documented hazard to marine life in Port Phillip Bay as well as human health and the economy, including tourism. 

What's involved?

Clean Bay Blueprint seeks to build on the previous success of our Litter Hotspots project "Turn off the Tap" by continuing litter research to provide sound scientific evidence to inform positive change for the environment.

We do this in the following ways:

  • Continue our monthly microplastics trawls in the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association. We are building on 2.5 years worth of data. This type of research has never been done in Australia before. Read our previous findings by downloading our report 'Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers HERE
  • Collaborate with community groups around the Bay to conduct Baykeeper Beach Litter Audits in 6 Baykeeper reference sites around the Bay (litter data recording sheets are downloadable HERE)
  • Collaborate with Dolphin Research Institute, who will do litter audits with school groups as part of education and data collection efforts
  • Contributing to the Victorian Litter Action Alliance goals by acting as a community member on their reference group.


This project is a 3-year project, running from July 2017 to June 2020. The project is sponsored by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, via the Port Phillip Bay Fund.