British conservationist finds one of & # 39; the world’s most remote islands covered with garbage
A British conservationist who was kayaking for one of & # 39; the world's most unspoiled remote paradise islands, found it covered in garbage piles from the rest of the world.
Duncan Murrell, 65, from Torbay, Devon, was on a month-long island-hopping expedition through Raja Ampat in Indonesia and stopped at a spectacularly remote fishing village.
When he arrived at the 100-meter long beach used by the locals to launch their fishing boats, the pristine and crystal-clear water was free of waste.
Duncan Murrell, 65, kayaked to a remote Indonesian island to discover huge heaps of plastic waste that had been washed ashore
He stopped in Manyaifun on Batang Pele during his tour around the Raja Ampat Islands, which is known as one of the most remote and unspoiled paradise islands.
But when Mr Murrell (photo) woke up the next morning, there were more than a dozen wheelbarrows with trash on the beach
But the next morning he woke up to see that the sandy beach was covered with a thick layer of plastic debris that was being transported overnight from cities in Vietnam, the Philippines, and beyond.
He watched in horror as the locals collected a dozen wheelbarrows full of garbage from the little paradise beach – a process he discovered that they repeat after every windy night.
Without ways to recycle man-made mess, they have no choice but to dump it in the island's mangrove forest – now full of trash that has been generated hundreds of miles away.
The small village is in the middle of the & # 39; Coral Triangle & # 39; – one of the most ecologically rich parts of the world and home to nearly 600 species of reef corals, six of the world's seven species of sea turtles and more than 2000 species of reef fish.
Without ways to recycle man-made mess, they have no choice but to dump it in the island's mangrove forest.
The garbage is transported from nearby Vietnam and the Philippines and children sort the plastic waste on the island
Mr. Murrell is on a 200-mile kayaking expedition around Raja Ampat, a group of islands west of Papua, and saw the trash at Manyaifun on Batang Pele
It has remained so unspoilt and rich due to its remote location, but is now feared of being threatened by the attack of waste from distant lands.
Mr. Murrell, known as The Whale Man for his photos and conservation work, said: & # 39; I became & # 39; woke up in the morning and it was & oh my god, it is crazy & # 39 ;. It blew me away.
& # 39; The adults just shrugged. It was clearly a familiar sight.
& # 39; And it was only nonsense for one day – and it's not even the windy season.
& # 39; I kept thinking about how much work they had to do to clean the beach every time it happened. it must wear them out.
& # 39; It comes from outside. It has nothing to do with them. And it is dumped on their beach all the time.
& # 39; They were forced to go there and clean it up. They were there with wheelbarrows and threw it in the mangroves.
The region is home to almost 600 species of reef corals, six of the world's seven species of sea turtles and more than 2000 species of reef fish
Raja Ampat has remained untouched and rich in diversity due to its remote location, but is now feared of being threatened by the attack of waste from distant lands
& # 39; What else can they do with it? It is what they should do when the wind blows.
& # 39; They have nothing else they can do with the waste, except dump it in the mangroves behind the houses.
& # 39; They don't have much available space around the village. Only a few hundred people live there: I estimate no more than 200. It is heartbreaking.
& # 39; I was really angry. I felt very emotional. It is part of the coral triangle.
& # 39; These places are being killed. These places are left to die.
& # 39; We cannot promote them without protecting them.
& # 39; It is a terrible example of development with such different outcomes. & # 39;
Mr Murrell is an award-winning photographer and conservationist who spent decades after life in the sea – mostly whales – from his kayak all over the world.
M. Murrell said: “I kept thinking about how much work they have to do to clean the beach every time it happens. it must wear them down & # 39;
The debris apparently appears after every night storm and is led there by the topography, prevailing winds and waves
He won an underwater photography competition and used the money on a 200-mile kayaking expedition around Raja Ampat.
It consists of hundreds of jungle-covered islands and is known for its beaches and coral reefs that are rich in marine life.
He stopped at Manyaifun on Batang Pele and stayed with a host family, in love with the pristine beaches and clear water.
But when he woke up the next morning and took a short walk to the beach, he saw the locals carefully cleaning the beach.
Murrell said: & # 39; I was surprised at how much plastic shipping waste was dumped on the beautiful beach in 24 hours & # 39;
The conservationist said while the adults were bragging and dumping the garbage into the mangroves, the children were heartbreaking through it for & # 39; estimate & # 39;
The debris apparently appears after every night storm and is led there by the topography, prevailing winds and waves.
He said that while the adults were bragging and throwing garbage into the mangroves, the children were heartbreaking through walking for & # 39; treasures & # 39 ;.
He said most were from Sarong in Indonesia, as well as the Philippines and Vietnam.
& # 39; It's not fun anymore, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I am fully aware of the growing environmental remediation of plastic marine pollution.
He said: & # 39; What was really interesting to see was how the adults cleaned up the mess, and the kids just loved it & # 39;
Mr. Murrell is known as The Whale Man for his award-winning photographs and conservation work and spent decades after his life in the sea – mostly whales – from his kayak around the world
& # 39; But I was shocked by the amount of plastic pollution from the sea in that otherwise tropical paradise.
& # 39; This huge far-reaching problem was highlighted in this idyllic friendly island village.
& # 39; I was surprised at how much plastic shipping waste was dumped on the beautiful beach in 24 hours.
& # 39; You think you are going to a remote location to camp in an idyllic paradise, but you wake up to find plastic everywhere.
& # 39; What was really interesting to see was how the adults cleaned up the mess and the kids just loved it.
& # 39; The children were messing around and found small things to collect and play with.
& # 39; You can't have this beautiful paradise and you don't have to worry that it will stay clean. They really have to do something about it.
& # 39; It's everywhere. The mangroves were just choked with plastic bottles.
& # 39; They removed a good ten very full wheelbarrow full of garbage. And that is only one day. & # 39;
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