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Projects
for a
Healthy
Harbour

ECOBEL is working towards a healthy Sydney Harbour by restoring lost marine ecosystems 
Our goal by 2040

 

1 million

Mangroves planted

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About ECOBEL

We are a registered not-for-profit who run on the love of our volunteers and donations to our amazing projects . 

Why 2040?

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists, convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of our oceans as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.

Our Projects

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Tidal Mangrove Nursery

Thanks to funding and support from Hunters Hill Council we are growing our Mangrove Tidal Nursery at Woolwich. We are growing 5000 grey mangroves every year to replant back into Sydney Harbour where the existing oceanforests are getting lost to over development and ferry wash.

Cool Facts about mangroves
3 times more carbon sequestering than trees
80 % habitats for costal fish stocks
Natural filters of heavy metals.

Status

Underway

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Riverbank Repair

A fantastic result was achieved at Woolwich baths when the lantana overgrown riverbank collapsed.

Work started with clearing the embankment and laying the geomembrane. Levis where then built and back filled. Finally the embankment was planted out with native grasses.

Status

Completed

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Upcycling Plastic Waste at Scale

We have created an innovation centre that has an ocean plastic shredder, working alongside our material testing experiments.

Follow us on www.hungryturtleproject.org for more on our progress.

From:

Underway

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Great White Solar Plastic Collector

We have built and launched an autonomous ocean plastic collector that operates in the bays of North Sydney. Weekly collections in the current of Sydney Harbour collect over 10 kg of ocean plastic

Status

Ongoing

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Greening Berrys Bay

  • Establish and manage a tidal mangrove nursery (500 plants every year)

  • Work with local council on a mangrove seed bank for endangered river mangroves

  • Plant out and green the concrete stonewall

  • Return the biodiversity back to the bay both in, on and above the water

  • Engage and educate local community

Status

Underway

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Boat Battery Recycling

We completed a successful trial of marine battery recycling for the period from  July 2020 to July 2021 at the Marine Area Command at Balmain Sydney NSW. The program carries on to date.

 

Results -

356 heavy duty marine batteries were collected

300 + portable batteries (AAA )

65 radio batteries

 

Status

Ongoing

Become Ocean Positive, Carbon Neutral today

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Plant 3 mangroves

Offset 1 ton of CO2

$60 (incl. certificate)

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plant 7 mangroves

Offset 2.3 tonnes of CO2

$140 (incl. certificate)

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Plant 15 mangroves

Offset 5 tonnes of CO2

$300 (incl. certificate)

Corporate Partners

LEGAL PERMITS
ECOBEL holds the s 205 permit for mangrove rehabilitation.

A big shout out to the Department of fisheries for their support in our project. Their professionalism and support has been invaluable

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

The Global Mangrove Alliance is the chief custodian of the Mangrove Knowledge Hub for a global approach to mangrove conservation and restoration at a scale that matters.

INNOVATION

ECOBEL is working with bio engineers and scientists to best improve the replanting results on a local level in Sydney Harbour. We are having great success with the natural coir hair sausage which protects the mangrove seedlings in the early stages of transplant.

SEED BANK

ECOBEL is supporting  a restoration nursery to help grow out the River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum )species  whose numbers are twindling . 

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How cool are Mangroves

 Science and Innovation

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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise their continuing connection with, and knowledge about, land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

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