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Cape Bedford - a boiling point of marine debris

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If Cape York is a hot spot for marine debris in Australia, Cape Bedford, the first of the four 2015 multi-day clean-ups in Cape York, must be the boiling point: With over a ton of rubbish on 500 m of beach the pollution was more than two times worse than what Tangaroa Blue has ever encountered! You can blame tropical cyclone Nathan that hit the coast north of Cooktown as a category 5 in March and dumped extraordinary amounts of debris on the beach. But you can also blame human behaviour from around the world that lets all this trash end up in the environment in the first place.

Photo: After Cyclone Nathan

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Tangaroa Blue to be a dream job!

20150509 NoahTangaroa Blue volunteers go far out of their way for the environment, the latest lot even came from overseas: 16 American environmental science students and their two teachers tackled Noah Beach in the Daintree rainforest as part of a 6-week uni excursion.

With only some basic background knowledge to begin with these students were up and ready to go at sunrise for a mind-changing day. With contagious enthusiasm they spread over the beach and got to experience first hand what they had only ever heard about or seen on TV: marine debris and plastic pollution.

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Scooping up what TC Marcia dumped

ChristianMiller Tangaroa CC Cleanup day3 10When category 5 Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit the Capricorn Coast near Rockhampton on February 20th 2015, it not only did extensive damage to countless houses, infrastructure and surrounding bushland, but also washed huge amounts of rubbish into the ocean and then dumped it back onto beaches, together with other ocean borne debris.

Last week, whilst cyclone-stricken residents are still focussing on getting back on track, seven crew members from Tangaroa Blue and eight Indigenous rangers from around Queensland headed down to assist in the clean-up effort, specifically targeting the enormous amount of marine debris that has been washed up along beaches near Yeppoon.

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Cape Kimberley Surprise

20150426 CKCleaning up beaches is like collecting Kinder Surprise eggs (but with a positive environmental impact!): Most of the time you get what you already have more than enough of in your collection: drink bottles, styrofoam, thongs, plastic remnants etc. But every now and again you get this rare toy that you have never seen before and that amuses and entertains you. This can certainly be said for our latest quarterly Cape Kimberley clean-up in Far North QLD where the crew picked a fairly complete collection of hens night paraphernalia out of the pile of rubbish. And it wouldn't be Tangaroa Blue if this wouldn't also confront the team with the interesting and vital question: What category to put those items under in the database?

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Alva Beach = 570kgs Removed!

2015040 Ayr2The Alva Beach Clean Up weekend was a huge success, with over 570kgs collected and removed from more than 6 kilometres of Alva Beach! We had great partners over the weekend that made it all happen. The Gudjuda Reference Group started us off on Friday by bringing in a bus full of local school students who were very eager to help clean-up the beach and quad bikes to help transport the rubbish back to the base camp where the weighing and sorting took place. Gudjuda Reference Group also provided a group of Rangers on Saturday for our Community Day and delivered a Welcome to Country talk for the rest of the volunteers.

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