No fish waste

The Problem

Overflowing and smelly marine waste bins at fishing boat ramps are a common sight along the coast and a big problem for Councils and the community. There is no source separation of the marine waste and it is mixed with general waste and taken to landfill where it contributes to methane gas generation.

As keen fishermen from the Bega Valley the Crane brothers often encounter overflowing fish bins at fishing boat ramps or people throwing fish waste back into the ocean, causing public health and amenity issues.

Current arrangements mean the burden is often left to local councils, who in many cases do not have the resources or facilities to manage marine waste appropriately.

O2E the problems with fish waste

The Solution

fish waste to marine compost

The Crane brothers formed Ocean2Earth Australia to turn a waste product into a valuable resource and at the same time, reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.

Starting with fishing boat ramps in Bega Valley Shire, Ocean2Earth Australia is emptying blue marine waste bins provided at the ramps, decontaminating what they collect by hand, then using hot composting techniques to transform the waste into organic compost for gardens.

The long-term goal is to process marine waste from boat ramps, seafood processing plants and aquaculture facilities right along the NSW coast.

Ocean2earth are collecting fish waste from specially-marked blue bins at boat ramps at:

  • Bermagui Harbour
  • Bermagui River
  • Quarantine Bay, Eden
  • Pambula Lake, Broadwater
  • Kianinny, Tathra
  • Mogareeka

Bega Valley Shire Council has also installed new red (landfill) and yellow (recycling) bins at the ramps to help make it easier for people to choose the right bin.

The Benefits

  • Significant reduction in waste being added to landfill
    Production of an environmentally-friendly, organic, high-value compost product which can be recycled back into the environment
  • Reducing odour and public health issues from rotting fish offal and marine waste at public fishing boat ramps
  • A holistic and reliable solution to a large-scale and ongoing state-wide issue, which is currently addressed by sending valuable marine waste to landfill
  • A service to the aquaculture industry and seafood processing plants
  • Reduction in the number of sharks, stingrays and other undesirable aquatic creatures around popular swimming areas
  • Assurance for fishers that clean fish waste disposal facilities will be provided
  • Assurance of clean aquatic areas for swimmers and snorkelers
  • Assurance that State and Local Government laws and policies can be regulated because an appropriate solution to marine waste has been provided
  • Reduction in ‘bush’ and ‘sea’ dumping, particularly large pelagic fish carcasses
  • Promotes a clean, environmentally friendly and superior compost product to be sold back to the public
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Job creation for NSW
  • A pickup service for fish kills or seaweed clean-ups on beaches
marine compost - the benefits