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.


Tangaroa Blue at the Tip!

SomersetOver the past week a team of 24 volunteers took on the task of cleaning marine debris from the iconic 5 Beaches loop at the tip of Cape York. The effort was organised by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and included assistance from the Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers, Conversation Volunteers Australia, and some inspired tourists. This was the first coordinated effort to clean this 5km stretch of coastline which is significantly impacted by debris due to constant onshore winds and currents.


Let's clean-up the Great Barrier Reef!

FI2Really?! Clean-up the Great Barrier Reef?! The largest World Heritage Site on the planet and over 2000km long? We don't know who first came up with this idea and how the story began, but we know how it continued since Tangaroa Blue Foundation got asked to coordinate it!


Wanderlust Hits the Sunshine Coast!

201510 Wanderlust CleanUpAs part of the recent Wanderlust festival, Tangaroa Blue partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council, Coolum and North Shore Coastcare, local Traditional Owners, festival participants and the Johnson Ohana Charitable  Foundation to conduct a beach clean-up.

The activity aimed to not only raise awareness around the threat that marine debris poses to our coastal and marine ecosystems but to also empower people to help contribute to collecting data on the types of debris found.

After an initial planning visit to the site at the Twin Waters surf beach, Central Queensland based Tangaroa Blue Representative Shelly McArdle quickly realised that this site was special to the locals when she had to search for any sign of rubbish. Consequently after making enquiries on which groups might be active in the area she contacted Coolum and North Shore Coastcare who did not hesitate to offer to be part of the activity.

CaNSCC representative Edwin Hammet said “ North Shore residents play a big part in keeping the beach clean in addition to the dune revegetation work carried out by our members”.