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Too Lovely To Litter!

Too lovely to litter 1A number of environmental groups joined together with the Keppel Coast Arts Council’s Fig Tree Markets to launch a ‘Too Lovely to Litter’ campaign on Sunday 5 June for World Environment Day.

‘Too Lovely to Litter’ aimed to raise awareness about the environmental impacts that marine debris has on our coastal and marine wildlife.

The idea for this event emerged after Capricornia Catchments’ Project Officer Shelly McArdle was approached by Julie Robertson of Wildlife Rockhampton after a particularly harrowing failed rescue attempt of a local seabird that had ingested debris. In considering how to reduce these incidents, the idea was explored further at a recent Source Reduction Workshop hosted by Tangaroa Blue, Livingstone Shire Council and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This workshop saw a number of stakeholders come together to discuss local marine debris concerns with a view to identifying ways to mobilise community to stop this debris ending up on our beaches in the first place. The result was the formation of an organising committee that set about planning this World Environment Day event.

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12 Months on from Cyclone Nathan

Alligator7Alligator Creek, this remote and largely unknown jewel of a coastline north of Cooktown (Far North QLD) became infamous in 2015 for anyone caring about marine debris in Australia by being the worst polluted beach ever recorded in the country: After Cyclone Nathan it took 30 volunteers days to clean up only a few hundred meters of beach. Back then, we collected the sad record of 1,250 kg of plastics from 550m of coastline. So in 2016 we were keen to find out how much had washed up without an extreme weather event interfering and headed off to our first (and shortest) of the Cape York clean-ups of the year.

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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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