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Marine Debris

18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.

633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.

Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.

In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is the god of the ocean. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..." When, after a week-long clean-up event, the whales and dolphins come close to our beach and slap their flippers, we sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying "thank you".

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It’s already June and as the end of the month approaches it’s also the end of the financial year. So if you’ve been meaning to donate, or have some cash to spare, this is a great time to make a tax-deductible donation to Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Make your donation here before 30 June and remember that every dollar over $2 donated is tax deductible and will help us to continue to expand the Australian Marine Debris Initiative removing and preventing marine debris and plastic pollution!

Containers overboard litter NSW Central Coast

2018 shipping containerNSW's Central Coast beaches are being covered with successive waves of rubbish from a recent shipping accident. Following heavy swell and rough conditions at sea on the night of Thursday 31 May, 83 shipping containers were lost overboard from the Liberian ship YM Efficiency, which was making its way from Taiwan to Sydney. Not only do the containers pose a danger for other boats but the contents of these containers will now create a huge hazard for marine life for months, if not years to come.

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AMDI App Launch!!

appTangaroa Blue Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) App to provide a platform for citizen scientists and AMDI partners to contribute data from their clean-up activities to the AMDI Database. This data enables the tracking of marine debris and litter items back to the source, so that source reduction plans can be implemented to stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans.

The app will be launched Tuesday 19 June at Black Head Surf Life Saving Club in NSW, and will be supported by three short training events for interested volunteers at Speers Point, Stockton and Forster from June 17-20. Anyone keen to register to attend the launch or one of the training sessions is invited to sign up via the Hunter Local Land Services events page: https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/events

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Exploring Orpheus Island

2018 Orpheus 3Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a team of 13 dedicated volunteers set out from Lucinda towards Orpheus Island National Park from the 24th to 28th of April 2018, with a mission to relieve sections of the windward stretch of coast from the burden of discarded and forgotten marine debris.

The team traversed eastward over the island’s peak with anticipation to find the stony beaches coated in a rainbow of marine debris, but on arrival were surprised to find only 205kg on Fig Tree and Big Rock Bays when only six months ago these beaches were smothered by 690kg!

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Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!

  • Number of clean-up sites: 2 689
  • Number of volunteers: 111 510
  • Number of tonnes removed: 942 tonnes
  • Number of items removed: 11 017 232 items
  • Number of volunteer hours: 280 659 hours
  • Number of clean-ups: 12 047