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Tangaroa Blue volunteers are tough cookies!

20160416 CK2Cape Kimberley in Far North QLD is one of our regular monitoring sites. Every three months we collect and record the debris from this tropical hotspot. But never before did we have to face extreme conditions like the ones we had this April. After a paralysing hot clean-up of 38 degrees there in January we asked for cooler temperatures, but forgot to add that we also appreciated dry weather. Consequently, it was not just cool, but also wet. Tropical-flooding-wet. In fact, the clouds dumped so much rain that one of our coordinators got flooded in and could only join the event once the road was passable again. Even more astonishing was that a whopping 59 volunteers simply decided to ignore this “drownpour” and tackled the beach with unprecedented spirit.

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Tackling Marine Debris Together

20160319 SRPGCLeading environmental organisations united to find the next solution to plastic pollution at a collaborative workshop at Sea World on the Gold Coast last Saturday.

The workshop launched a cooperative network of community leaders, local and state government representatives and non-government organisations to set targets for marine debris monitoring and management on the Gold Coast.

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Sign up to go bush this winter!

CYCape York has been and is still one of Tangaroa Blue’s greatest adventures! Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government's Everyone’s Environment Grant and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority through Reef Trust, for the 6th time we will leave for 6 multi-day clean-up events between May and July – and you are invited to join us!

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The Story at the Story Bridge

20160306 BrisbaneAs part of Clean Up Australia Day, a group of 12 enthusiastic Tangaroa Blue volunteers gathered at Captain Burke Park, just below Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. In just one hour, we managed to remove 2,063 pieces of debris with a total weight of 14.1 Kg from the "local beach" and surrounding park.

The most abundant item was... mmm... cigarette butts: 990 of them!!

This type of events represent a great opportunity to deliver a clear message to people to take action, not just by actually picking up rubbish, but also by showing them about how small changes in daily consuming habits could make a huge positive change to preserve our oceans, especially by saying NO to single-use plastic. The morning after the event, one volunteer wrote: ‘I had my coffee this morning with no lid on’ and that is a small-BIG victory!

Not so regular turn out of a regular clean-up

2016131 CK1Regular monitoring is a key to understanding the trend of marine debris over time. One of our two monitoring sites in north QLD is Cape Kimberley, a 3 km beach that Tangaroa Blue have been cleaning quarterly for the last 5 years, usually collecting between 200 - 300 kg every time.

The clean-up in late January also marked our first event of the year and broke some records straight away: A whooping 34 volunteers turned up, many of them new to Tangaroa Blue. It was awesome to welcome so many first timers. Even more whooping (making this turn up even more astounding) was the heat: 30 degrees in the shade. It felt that for every kg of rubbish that the team recorded they had to down the contents of a drink bottle to stay upright. Hypothetically, this would equal 276 bottles emptied and refilled. Without the rangers from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) providing quad bikes to transport the full bags along the beach it would have been even more of a mission.

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