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Woody Island Clean Up Part 2

20090605 WoodyDuring the LIPS / Tangaroa Blue clean up on Low Isles and Woody Island on May 17th, hundreds of metres of rope was found and was unable to be removed due to the size on the day. Today, June 5th, volunteers were able to return to Woody Island to collect the rope and remove it from the island. Photo: Rick, Alex, Mick and Gabby on Woody Island removing the rope.

Many thanks to Alex and Rick - caretakers of Low Isles, Mick and Gabrielle for joining Tangaroa Blue co-founder Heidi in the rope mission! Absolutely glorious weather enabled us to bring the boat close to the location where volunteers had tied up the rope to ensure it wouldn't end up back in the ocean on the high tides.

Rainbow Beach & Fraser Island Clean Up May 2009

200905 Fraser IslandThe impacts of marine debris on the Australian marine environment are well documented, with over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals being killed every year by floating plastics, and over 18,000 pieces of plastic being found in every square kilometre of ocean our marine environment resembles a rubbish tip!

Local volunteer Jennifer Parkhurst has joined forces with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Rainbow Beach Primary School to address marine debris on Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach with funding assistance through a 2009 Queensland Government Natural Resources Awareness Grant. The grant focused on marine debris on and around two Queensland Heritage Listed Islands: Low Isles off the coast of Port Douglas in Far North Queensland and Fraser Island.

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Low Isles, Woody Island and Snapper Island Clean Up

20090517 WoodyAs part of the Far North Queensland Marine Debris Project an Island Clean Up was held on May 17th, 2009 on three islands: Heritage Listed Low Isles, Woody Island and Snapper Island all located in Queensland just off Port Douglas. 28 volunteers went to Low Isles and Woody Island and 16 volunteers went to Snapper Island for the clean up which was organised by Tangaroa Blue Foundation and The Low Isles Preservation Society. Funding for the event was provided by the QLD Government through a Natural Resource Awareness Grant.

The volunteers that went out to Snapper Island brought back over 25 bags full of rubbish and some larger items including 2 tyres that wouldn't fit in bags. About 2/3 of the island was cleaned up. The most obscure items included a sharps container full of syringes, a motorcycle helmet, pool noodles and a toilet seat. Also collected from Snapper Island were 267 plastic drink bottles, 56 aluminium cans, 40 shoes and 354 pieces of polystyrene foam. The total number of items collected from Snapper Island was 1252 items, weighing 136kg. Photo right: Cassie Senner, Alan Crabtree and Deb Eastop with a boat load of debris on Snapper Island.

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Conservation Volunteers Australia Clean Up Cooktown

200905 CVA CooktownThe beaches in Far North Queensland are being targeted for practical care through a combined project by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, the Cape York Marine Advisory Group and the local Cooktown school.

On the 2nd December volunteers joined to help create a better earth by helping out at a marine debris clean up at Archer Point, just south of Cooktown.

The clean up took about 3 hours to complete and volunteers collected over 1015 items of rubbish weighing approximately 99 kilograms from just 200 metres of beach!

A survey of the marine debris was conducted compiling the following totals.

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International Year of the Reef Festival Clean Up

2007 IYOROctober 25th saw the first official clean up event for Tangaroa Blue Foundation in the Far North Queensland town of Port Douglas. The event was to coincide with the International Year of the Reef Festival which showcased and celebrated the famous Great Barrier Reef and looked at ways that visitors and locals could help to protect it.

Qamar Schuyler, who was part of the organising committee of the festival explained that "the festival goals are not only to raise awareness of the value of the Great Barrier Reef to our community and the environmental threats that it's facing, but also to inspire broad-scale changes in attitude and behaviour to protect and conserve our resource. In short, we aim to make a real difference."

The clean up event was held on Saturday morning at 5 sites along 4 Mile Beach, the Marina Mirage and the Port Douglas Yacht Club. Close to 40 volunteers helped out during the morning before heading down to the community centre for a sausage sizzle and a chance to compare notes of what was found by other volunteers.

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