Marine Debris

18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.

633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.

Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.

In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is the god of the ocean. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..." When, after a week-long clean-up event, the whales and dolphins come close to our beach and slap their flippers, we sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying "thank you".

2016 WA Beach Clean-up

2016WABCU1The 2016 West Australian Beach Clean-Up got off to a wild and woolly start last Saturday with some clean-ups having to be postponed or locations changed to foreshore areas due to big swell, high tides and wind that you could hardly stand up in. Others braved the conditions, persevering, with their efforts paying off. Sunday was a completely different day with much lighter winds and sunshine and as a result clean-ups were well attended, and huge amounts of marine debris and locally sourced litter was removed from our beautiful Western Australian coastline.


Container Deposit Law Passes in NSW

NSW Legislation PassesMEDIA RELEASE
20 October 2016

Container deposit law passes – but we can do better

The Boomerang Alliance of 44 groups today said the Baird government’s signature environment protection policy – the container deposits scheme (CDS) – risks failing consumers on day 1, because the legislation did not establish sufficient convenient sites to collect drink containers and give refunds.


ReefBlitz comes to Cape Kimberley!

201610 Cape KimberleyOctober is a huge month for citizen science activities along Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, with the 2016 ReefBlitz event inviting people from Brisbane to Port Douglas to get involved in a massive Great Barrier Reef health check! From activities monitoring coral, manta rays, mangroves and marine debris everyone can get involved!

Tangaroa Blue's first ReefBlitz event was held on October 8th at our quarterly Cape Kimberley marine debris monitoring clean-up. This stretch of beach has been cleaned and data collected every three months since 2010 when a massive 800kg would regularly be removed from this 3km stretch of national park.

This time Tangaroa Blue volunteers were super surprised and excited to see that only 101kg of marine debris and plastic pollution had been washed up! Our smallest load since this site had been monitored!


Napranum Clean-up!

2016 NapranumReport by Napranum Ranger Ebony Doyle.

On Friday 30th of September and Saturday the 1st of October the Napranum rangers, with the help of the Napranum Aboriginal Council and Tangaroa Blue, an Australian non-profit charity for the wellbeing of our oceans, organised a community clean-up in Napranum along the foreshore between 9am and 11:30am.

On Friday a total of 12 people pitched in, the most collected item was fishing line, with a total of 1100m of line removed from around the local boat ramp. On Saturday 8 people pitched in on cleaning up Napranum’s foreshore & the most collected item was aluminum cans with a total of over 2000 cans counted!

Days of cleaning up rubbish are good deeds but it’s important to not only care for our community by not trashing it by leaving behind our waste, but to look at the bigger picture and respect our planet, the lives of the people in countries our rubbish may wash up on, and the lives of other species, particularly in this case the marine life who value the life they live and deserve to be respected, Also do you want to be eating fish who eat rubbish?

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Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!

  • Number of cleanup sites 1,932
  • Number of volunteers 62,711
  • Number of tonnes removed 579 tonnes
  • Number of items removed 6,459,564 items