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Join us for the WA Marine Debris Project- Oct 13 & 14

WAMDP 18Join hundreds of volunteers across Western Australia, gathering to look after our beautiful coastlines, waterways and marine life.

Tangaroa Blue is calling on citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments and all ocean lovers to participate in the 2018 Marine Debris Project.

Formerly named the WA Beach Clean-up Event, our new name reflects the important role of data collection in the clean-up process.

The clean-up data you collect will help us track litter to its source and prevent it from entering the waste stream and harming our environment and marine life,

Step 1: Find a favourite beach, river or waterway that need's a clean-up and register your site 

Step 2: Enlist your friends and family to help for a few hours at your clean-up event sometime over the October 13-14 weekend.

Step 3: Await your clean-up and data record kit delivery and follow the advice to get your team ready for action!

Step 4: On the day, collect and audit marine debris, record data for upload later or use the new AMDI data app to record directly into Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Database

Register now!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation would like to thank Keep Australia Beautiful WA, Department of Parks and Wildlife and local government authorities around the state, as well as our corporate partners Two Fins, Wodup and Savvy Jerky plus all the amazing volunteers for their ongoing support on this annual event.

2017 WA Beach Clean-up Volunteers Remove Tonnes!

2017WABCU 2This past weekend saw over 2000 volunteers out on beaches across Western Australia taking part in the 13th Annual West Australian Beach Clean-Up, hosted by Tangaroa Blue Foundation with support from Keep Australia Beautiful WA. Across the state over 120 beaches and stretches of coastline where clean-up, from easy to access Perth metropolitan beaches to remote locations like Dirk Hartog Island and Eyre Bird Observatory. Beautiful warm weather in the south west made for perfect conditions to be out on the beaches giving them a spring clean.

Final numbers are yet to be tallied but photos and feedback supplied so far indicate a successful event with tonnes of rubbish once again removed from our coastline. Some interesting finds included 16 socks collected off the beach in Dalyellup, a rusted can of epoxy resin that was leaching into the surrounding environment at Forrest Beach, emergency water ration packages with expiry dates of 8/2017 at South Beach in the south west and Leeman in the mid-west, six plastic pallets at Deepdene and South Beach, a special mark navigation buoy at Busselton, and a large number of tree guards in Dunsborough many of which were in various states of degradation.

A drawcard for volunteers attending the Tangaroa Blue Foundation run beach clean-up at Woodman Point was the opportunity to win free tickets to Tangaroa Blue’s partner Jack Johnson’s concert in Perth in December.

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Christmas Island Adventure!

2017 Xmas 1Report by Patricia Swallow, Tangaroa Blue volunteer.

Known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a lush, tropical paradise, famous for its red crabs, Golden Bosun and Red Footed Booby birds, as well as its amazing marine life.

Turtles nest on some of the Island’s beaches and once a year tiny hatchlings emerge from the sand to make their way to the safety of the nearby ocean. Sadly, their path is often blocked by what is to them, an insurmountable mound of marine debris.

It was a story that Heidi Taylor and Matt of Tangaroa Blue Foundation felt compelled to investigate and, with assistance from Sam from Keep Australia Beautiful WA and a couple of keen volunteers, a trip to Christmas Island was planned.

Local volunteers eagerly joined Tangaroa Blue and Keep Australia Beautiful one Sunday in late March for a beach clean-up at Isabel Beach on the first day of the trip. Everyone got stuck in and a huge amount of marine debris was collected, amounting to over 220 kg of rubbish from just 55 m of beach! The usual hoard of plastic bottles (836), thongs (488) and polystyrene foam (2920) was among the marine data recorded and bagged-up ready for the local council to dispose of.

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2016 WA Beach Clean-up Report

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This year just under 1,800 volunteers came together across 138 beach locations to remove more than 88,880 items of rubbish from our coastline as part of the 2016 West Australian Beach Clean-up. Some of the more interesting finds made around the state include half a canoe found near the Margaret River mouth, a couch found in the dunes at Leighton Beach, a brand-new selfie stick picked up on remote Deepdene Beach, black plastic resin pellets found along the North Fremantle foreshore of the Swan River, and over 500 straws found during a clean-up on the Jindalee foreshore. Big sections of rope have been found washed up along the more remote sections of coastline in the south west, and many rope fragments and microplastics have been found littering the beaches.

The West Australian Beach Clean-up received funding from the West Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. Tangaroa Blue Foundation would also like to thank Keep Australia Beautiful WA, 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 for this annual event. 

To download the full report click here.

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