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What do you do with the data collected via the Australian Marine Debris Database?

The AMDI Database provides a detailed picture of marine debris trends over time. It enables us to identify hot spots as well as type and origin of the rubbish collected to create Source Reduction Plans, thus working towards preventing the litter from ending up in the ocean in the first place.

The AMDI Database has an open access policy and allows for a specific set of data reports to be generated for community groups, schools and partner organisations to assist in identifying marine debris trends and creating local Source Reduction Plans.

The AMDI Database also enables scientists and government agencies to request data on marine debris in Australia for educational and research purposes. The contributor always owns the data submitted and the database simply provides a central place for all data to be stored allowing people to access and analyse information about marine debris for different locations, over time. Once you have accepted the data use agreement for the database, you can access and search the report systems by time period and location to find out:

  • The top 10 debris items
  • The number and location of clean-ups
  • Type of materials found
  • Percentage of materials found
  • Percentage of materials found from land and sea
  • Map of clean-up site.