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Crystal Beach Clean-up

201701 Crystal CreekOn December 7th 2016, volunteers and partners got an early start to beat the heat for our Crystal Beach clean-up event in Northern QLD! After signing registration forms, a safety briefing was conducted and PPE was handed out. In only 15 minutes time, bags started returning and didn’t stop until we pulled up for a BBQ lunch at midday after working a solid five hours.

As a result a large area of beach was combed clean including the foreshores of illegally built huts where a lot of litter is sourced, other than the visiting careless campers. Sparse shoreline vegetation and camping areas were also cleaned. 

The event was an absolute success with a bundle of positive feedback received from all the volunteers and partners who especially appreciated the finale barbeque! Three volunteers joining us from Saunders Beach have taken a great interest in Tangaroa Blue’s ultimate goal of marine debris prevention and will soon be applying for community grants to run their very own community clean-ups throughout the year. They’re hoping to take it further in the removal of numerous white goods that have been illegally dumped along the creek. 

Thanks to event sponsors and partners NQ Dry Tropics, QLD Government Natural Resources and Mines, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and Handi Skips.

QLD to go Plastic Bag Free!

GParsons MarinephotoBank Greenpeace lowEnvironment Minister Dr Steven Miles released on 25/11 2016 a public discussion paper to ensure the community has its say on the Government’s 2018 ban on light-weight single-use plastic shopping bags.

Dr Miles stressed it was important the Government consulted with the community – and key stakeholders – to ensure the best possible outcomes for all Queenslanders.

“The scientific evidence about the harmful impacts of plastic in the environment is growing every day, and there is considerable support for a plastic bag ban,” Dr Miles said.

“Retailers and environmental and community groups who attended plastic bag workshops in Queensland in 2015, and at a national plastic bag roundtable in Sydney in February 2016, agreed there was a need to restrict single-use plastic shopping bags.

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ReefBlitz on Snapper Island!

20161029 Snapper1Report by Tangaroa Blue volunteers Karina Weger & Andreas Redtenbacher

8am on a bright Saturday morning 33 volunteers met up with the crew of Tangaroa Blue at the Port Douglas boat ramp to head out to Snapper Island for the annual island clean-up. The event was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and is part of ReefBlitz, a month long event inviting citizen scientists to assist in evaluating the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Locals Join ReefBlitz to Take Care of Our Place

201610 ReefBlitz GKI1Last weekend saw an event that brought together 50 people from numerous community groups, including the local branch of the Surfrider Foundation, St Brendan’s College, The Rockhampton Grammar School, Lammermoor Native Gardens, GenYadaba, Reef Check and more, to participate in The Great Barrier Foundation’s ReefBlitz! The ReefBlitz is a month long project that aims to engage people power to capture the biggest ever snapshot of the Great Barrier Reef's health and life, powered by citizen science.

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ReefBlitz comes to Cape Kimberley!

201610 Cape KimberleyOctober is a huge month for citizen science activities along Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, with the 2016 ReefBlitz event inviting people from Brisbane to Port Douglas to get involved in a massive Great Barrier Reef health check! From activities monitoring coral, manta rays, mangroves and marine debris everyone can get involved!

Tangaroa Blue's first ReefBlitz event was held on October 8th at our quarterly Cape Kimberley marine debris monitoring clean-up. This stretch of beach has been cleaned and data collected every three months since 2010 when a massive 800kg would regularly be removed from this 3km stretch of national park.

This time Tangaroa Blue volunteers were super surprised and excited to see that only 101kg of marine debris and plastic pollution had been washed up! Our smallest load since this site had been monitored!

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