Western Australia

Oil bottles lead to AMSA investigation

Bunker Oil Bottle ADuring the Western Australian Beach Clean-up event in October 2016, two bunker oil bottles were discovered in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park by volunteers. The following week, another two bottles were found in the same region by Margaret River locals. The oil bottles were still intact, full of marine fuel oil and with labels on them listing a vessel name, date and crew members’ names.

Heidi Taylor, Managing Director of Tangaroa Blue Foundation said, “Volunteers provided photos and location details which we were able to quickly report to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for potential investigation. This highlights the value of citizen scientists’ observations while out in the field, our volunteers are not rubbish collectors, but part of a national marine debris CSI team.”

AMSA personnel were able to track the vessel, the “Gloria Island” a bulk carrier registered in Panama, down and board whilst alongside at Thevenard in South Australia. Both the Master and Chief Engineer of the vessel were questioned at length and could not provide any explanation as to how the oil sample bottles made their way overboard. The vessel’s processes regarding bunker oil sampling were also reviewed.


A mattress, a sofa and a hospital bed!

2016WABCU3This year's WA Beach Clean-Up event held on October 15th and 16th saw over 5 tonnes of rubbish removed from more than 200 kilometres of Western Australian coastline. Clean-ups were conducted from the Kimberley right through to the South Coast, including the Rowley Shoals. Volunteers took part removing close to 100,000 pieces of marine debris and litter from our beaches. The final statistics will be released with the annual WA Beach Clean Up report early in 2017.

This year's long cold winter deterred many people from getting out onto the beaches, particularly on the Saturday when a big swell, high tides and strong winds didn't leave much beach to be cleaned up in certain areas. Fortunately, Sunday brought sunshine to lure all the keen and eager volunteers and as a result the clean-ups were well attended and large volumes of rubbish were removed from our beautiful coastline.


2016 WA Beach Clean-up

2016WABCU1The 2016 West Australian Beach Clean-Up got off to a wild and woolly start last Saturday with some clean-ups having to be postponed or locations changed to foreshore areas due to big swell, high tides and wind that you could hardly stand up in. Others braved the conditions, persevering, with their efforts paying off. Sunday was a completely different day with much lighter winds and sunshine and as a result clean-ups were well attended, and huge amounts of marine debris and locally sourced litter was removed from our beautiful Western Australian coastline.


2016 WA Beach Clean-up Oct 15 & 16

2016 WA Beach Clean up InstaThe 2016 West Australian Beach Clean-Up is rapidly approaching. Held on the 15th &16th October, this event will see volunteers right across this beautiful state of ours work together to clean up our coastline. Last year’s event saw over 1,200 people involved, with 5,528kg of rubbish removed from 268km of WA's coastline. We would love to see an even bigger effort this year - so we need your help!

All clean-up materials are provided, all you need to do is bring along some friends and make a day of it. You can register your favourite piece of coastline or riverside by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers can also join existing groups, to find an event near you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your location, and she can put you in touch with a local coordinator.

The WA Beach Clean-up is made possible by the State Government’s Natural Resource Management Program and Royalties for Regions program. Tangaroa Blue Foundation would like to to thank Keep Australia Beautiful WA, South West Catchments Council, WA Department of Fisheries, Department of Parks and Wildlife and local government authorities around the state, as well as all the amazing volunteers for their ongoing support on this annual event.

Bush Rangers out on the beach!

2016 Rangers HilarysOver 50 people attended a 'how to' presentation and clean-up activity at Hilary's Beach as part of the 2016 Bush and River Rangers Conference, held at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Perth. Ranger instructors were shown how to safely prepare and coordinate beach clean-ups, during the hands on practical 1,100 items of rubbish were removed from the beach and the information has been compiled and recorded into the Australian Marine Debris Database. Feedback was very positive and a number of instructors have signed up to coordinate clean-ups as part of the WA Beach Clean up event to be held over the weekend of October 15 & 16.