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As an individual, how can I get involved in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

You can either join a Tangaroa Blue Foundation scheduled clean-up or you can organise your own clean-up with support from Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

To join a Tangaroa Blue scheduled clean-up event please check out the upcoming clean-up events on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website (bottom of the page) and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participating.

Before planning a clean-up to contribute data to the AMDI Database, please read through our guidelines for submitting data. Also consider the following tips:

• The database will request how much effort was involved in the clean-up, i.e. time spent cleaning, number of people involved, and distance covered.
• Take note of the GPS locations of your clean-up so we can link the debris found to the location of your clean-up.
• You will need essential materials like clean-up bags, gloves and sharps containers to conduct the clean-up as safely as possible. If you do not have access to these materials, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this further.

We would love to know about any upcoming clean-ups that you are doing using AMDI procedures so please keep in touch via the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Facebook page or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On the Tangaroa Blue Foundation resources webpage you can access the following resources for free to help with your clean-up:

• Data Sheet for clean-ups
• Manual "How to do a beach clean-up"
• Marine debris identification manual
• Fact sheets
• Source Reduction Plan.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation will soon be launching education videos on how to conduct an AMDI clean-up. To keep up to date on this please connect with us on Facebook.