Port Phillip Baykeeper
Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper.
Clean Bay Blueprint
This project has discovered 828 million litter items reach the Bay each year from the surface of our two urban rivers.
74% of this is microplastics.
Read more in our report from project year 1, launched by the Hon Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on 17 July 2018: Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers
Your Port Phillip Baykeeper monitors the pulse of our Bay, conducting research, action and education on a number of issues:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently touring Australia for the first time together, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prioritising meeting as many members of the community as possible. As part of their visit, they have participated in a plastic litter beach clean-up at South Melbourne beach.
We are all now familiar with the fact that sunscreen is important in helping to protect our skin from sun damage. But what is the sunscreen we are dousing ourselves with doing to the environment?
Get your hands dirty and learn how to become a Marine Citizen Scientist!
Neil Blake (OAM) is the founder of the EcoCentre and Port Phillip Baykeeper with the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeepers are community defenders who protect the world’s waterways and give them a voice. Neil has been monitoring biodiversity and threats in Melbourne’s waterways for years; his findings have been used to inform government, community and stakeholders about the state of our rivers and Bay.
Port Phillip Baykeeper is partnering with Scouts Victoria to map microplastic litter hotspots across Melbourne, to help us stop plastic pollution at the source before it harms wildlife and waterways.
Nairm Catchment Network is named for the Boon Wurrung word for Port Phillip Bay, which contains numerous smaller bays and catchments from which land feeds water from the mountains and plains to the coast.
Captain Trash isn't a real pirate ... he's an unreal pirate! Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake (OAM). He educates kids of all ages on the 5 ARRRGHS: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Remove. His message is to leave only footprints on the sand ... not litter.
He's especially popular with Early Learning and Primary kids, and can be booked for litter audits, shoreline shell surveys, and festivals.
Using pirate humour, strumming the ukulele, and rapping funny lyrics, Captain Trash gets kids' attention.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.