The beach received national recognition; however, it takes ongoing hard work and commitment by vessel staff, rangers and volunteers to manage our popular beach. Every day, efforts are made to reduce visitor impacts on the beach through education, regulation and improved awareness contributed to the successful nomination.
Special recognition must go to marine tourism operators and their pro-active crews who take ownership of all areas of the park.
Sponsor of the Resource Recovery award, Remondis Waste Solutions CEO Luke Agati says he was delighted by the commitment displayed by local communities.
"Volunteers across the country have dedicated thousands of hours to managing our beaches and their commitment is an outstanding contribution to protecting Australia's coastline.
"Whitehaven Beach has three camping grounds and a quarter of a million visitors each year, yet with strong community education, most litter is removed with each visit, leaving the beach pristine.
"It is wonderful that resource recovery has been embraced so wholeheartedly and the community sees natural resource management, waste reduction and recycling as a feel-good activity with clear benefits."
Commanding Officer of HMS Bulwark, Captain Wayne Keble OBE, said Brussels sprouts are banned from his ship.
"They are the devil's vegetable and it is the only thing I do not like, and the only thing I hate"
The Ministry of Defence quickly stepped forward to pour cold water on the story.
"It seems it was a light-hearted remark mentioned in the context of healthy eating," the MoD spokesman added, claiming the captain had been "misquoted."
Sulphur compounds, released when cooked, cause the unpleasant smell of sprouts.
A 2002 survey found Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Britain.
About 40 percent of the litter in the Mediterranean Sea is smoking-related from butts and wrapping.
"Marine litter is a large problem that doesn't seem to be getting any better," Sue Kinsey, pollution program manager at the Marine Conservation Society
The litter is most severe in the East Asian seas region, which includes countries such as China with a population 1.3 billion people and where, according to UN figures, almost 60 percent of men smoke.
Plastic waste breaks up into smaller pieces that are then consumed by animals, polluting the food chain.
Also that the lighted Port Lateral Mark No.8 Buoy Fl.R.3s, which is located at the entrance channel into Shute Harbour has been restored to normal.
Additionally, that the lighted starboard lateral No.3 buoy Fl.G 2.5s, which is in the Shute Harbour Rooper Inlet south entrance channel, has been re-established in position. AUS charts 252, 253 and 824
Author Morris West