Thursday, February 23, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Nine Years Of Sustainable Support

Cruise Whitsundays and Eco Barge Clean Seas have announced the continuation of their partnership which works in collaboration to maintain the pristine nature of the marine environment in the Whitsundays.

This is the ninth year that the two entities have worked together, and Libby Edge from Eco Barge Clean Seas says she is thrilled the vital support is continuing.

“Our team, and the turtles we care for, can’t thank Cruise Whitsundays enough for continuing this partnership,” she said.

“Through this support, we can continue to care for sick and injured turtles and keep our marine park clear of debris.”

Eco Barge Clean Seas, a not‐for‐profit organisation, established in 2009 in Airlie Beach was founded to protect the precious marine life and environment across the Whitsunday region.

With a clear mission for the Whitsundays, Eco Barge Clean Seas carries out programs including removal of marine debris, reduction of land‐based litter, recycling and transformation of ocean plastics, and providing care for sick and injured marine turtles at their Turtle Rescue Centre.

Since its inception, Eco Barge Clean Seas has removed a whopping 243,252kgs of rubbish from the Whitsundays waterways.

Cruise Whitsundays Sales and Marketing Manager, Renee Branton‐Brown is proud to support such an important local initiative.

“Libby and her amazing team at Eco Barge Clean Seas are so passionate and dedicated to keeping the Whitsundays pristine, this ethos aligns perfectly with Cruise Whitsundays’ commitment to ensuring we do all we can to protect the incredible environment in which we operate,” she said.

“Cruise Whitsundays takes its role as reef custodian very seriously, and our partnership with Eco Barge Clean Seas is a crucial part of our environmental commitment.”

If you would like to know more or register as a volunteer for Eco Barge, please visit their website

Cruise Whitsundays Sales and Marketing Manager, Renee Branton‐Brown and Eco Barge Clean Seas founder Libby Edge. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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