ECOBEL is working towards a healthy Sydney Harbour by restoring lost marine ecosystems
Our goal by 2040
We are a registered not-for-profit who run on the love of our volunteers and donations to our amazing projects .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
356 heavy duty marine batteries were collected
300 + portable batteries (AAA )
65 radio batteries
Become Ocean Positive, Carbon Neutral today
Plant 3 mangroves
Offset 1 ton of CO2
$60 (incl. certificate)
plant 7 mangroves
Offset 2.3 tonnes of CO2
$140 (incl. certificate)
Plant 15 mangroves
Offset 5 tonnes of CO2
$300 (incl. certificate)
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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
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.
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.
ECOBEL is supporting a restoration nursery to help grow out the River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum )species whose numbers are twindling .
How cool are Mangroves
Science and Innovation
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.