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Littatrap Project

Whitebait Connection was part of a multi-agency effort to monitor and reduce stormwater pollution by installation littatraps around Northland. Some of the interesting results have been shared in the media recently.


"The Northland Regional Council is working with NorthTec, Whitebait Connection, the Northland District Health Board, the three district councils and local businesses to install LittaTraps, in a bid to establish how much plastic and other rubbish is reaching the region's rivers and estuaries.

Regional councillor Amy Macdonald said LittaTraps were a simple, cost-effective net that fitted inside a stormwater grate, trapping plastic and other litter that would otherwise be carried to the sea. Fifty traps had been installed around Northland to capture a variety of different land uses, such as playgrounds, carparks, supermarkets, fast food premises and industrial sites.

Dr Manue Martinez, from NorthTec, would audit the traps' contents every three months, and would try to calculate how much plastic was finding its way to the sea."

Read the full article from the NZ Herald here

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