In the news – Staff Association member Denise Hardesty

Denise Hardesty (left) at Science Meets Parliament 2011

From abc.net.au 13th December 2011

Scientists comb beaches for rubbish clues

A team of scientists is combing Australia’s 35,000-kilometre coastline to measure marine debris and its impact on sea life.

The researchers are specifically studying the barcodes on items of rubbish in an attempt to trace the origin of products washing up on the shore.

The group is currently at Sydney’s Shelly Beach, a popular surf break known for its clean waves.

Denise Hardesty, a CSIRO researcher who heads the marine debris project, says scientists are using the Shelly Beach waterfront near Manly to get a snapshot of Sydney’s beachside pollution. Read the full article here.