The most simple projects are often the most effective. Every week over summer 2017/18, a team of divers will conduct an underwater clean of a specific area of Manly Cove.

The amount of straws and type of straw will be recorded using Tangaroa Blue data sheets. We will also be recording details like tide, weather, the weather in the week leading up to the dive etc.  to allow us as much understanding for the reasons why particular debris was found.

At the conclusion of the project, we will be left with a solid set of numbers surrounding exactly how many straws were found and where they originated from.  If the numbers of straws found are significant, this could help spark change on a national and even global scale!


Last year, local resident Kasey Turner went for a snorkel after work in Manly Cove. In the area she found 319 straws in just twenty minutes. 24 hours later Kasey went back and did another and found 294 in the exact same place.

These are not isolated events. However, while there are sporadic sets of data collected from these cleans, there are no numbers of discarded straws that have been collected over a consistent period of time that would truly illustrate the vast number of straws found in Manly Cove.

Operation Straw is a collaboration between Dive Center Manly, SO Manly and Grumpy Turtle Design that will foster a sense of stewardship over Manly Cove - a beloved dive site- while simultaneously collecting information on one of the most harmful plastic items; straws.

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