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Paradise clean-up with a twist

Our latest clean-up on Coconut Beach in the Daintree national park was a day in paradise. 14 volunteers (some of them left home at 5.30 am to make it to the event!) swarmed out on this this clear cool winter's day to collect what they could on this tropical beach in Far North QLD.

20150628 CoconutThe biggest reward for the lucky finder was an almost new fishing rod. Otherwise 21 bags and 178 kg were removed after we only cleaned this beach 6 months ago!

It was rewarding to see how keen the crew of a local resort was to learn the data entry to conduct regular clean-ups on their own stretch of beach in the future. But the euphoric vibe came with a twist: We found an unusual number of balloons and dug out a giant pile of plastic wrap, filling over 2 bags and weighing some 60+ kg alone! With so much plastic floating around you wonder what it does to the wildlife.

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2.3 tonnes removed at Captain Billy's Landing

Captain BillysCape York is one of Australia's marine debris hotspots, and a challenging environment to work in. Over the past week, Tangaroa Blue and a team from Conservation Volunteers Australia have managed to remove debris from some ten kilometres of beach at Captain Billy's Landing. This has been achieved with the assistance of volunteers, indigenous rangers from the Apudthama Land & Sea Rangers and staff from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

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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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