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2009/2010 Western Australia Update

2009 South West Beach Clean Up Event & South West Marine Debris Project

The 5th Annual South West Beach Clean Up was held in October. Once again the event was well supported by volunteers and we were able to extend the clean up area to cover beaches from Perth to Walpole!

Almost 500 volunteers helped with the beach clean up event over the weekend removing over 35,800 pieces of debris! That's about 9,500 more pieces of marine debris removed than last year! Awesome job everyone!!!

Five sites along the Capes' coastline have been monitored every month since 2006 and once again provided some interesting finds including 5 tonne of rope at Ellensbrook Beach. With help from volunteers and rangers the rope was cut into chunks and lifted above the high tide mark to prevent it from washing back into the ocean. Unfortunately before rangers were able to remove the rope from the rock ledges, it was mysteriously burnt creating the need for further clean ups to remove the plastic lava flow. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work to ensure that over 5km of rope was no longer a threat to marine life and the ocean environment.

We are currently compiling the 2009 South West Marine Debris Report which will provide further data and information for this year's project. It will be available online in the new year.

WA Coastal Awards and WA Environment Awards

During this year's WA Coastal Conference in Fremantle, Tangaroa Blue presented an update to delegates on the South West Marine Debris Project. The WA Coastal Awards were also part of the event, with Tangaroa Blue receiving a Special Commendation for their work.

In November we were also nominated as a finalist in the Western Australia Environment Awards capping off a great year for the organisation!

Left: Heidi Taylor accepting the Special Commendation on behalf of Tangaroa Blue at the WA Coastal Awards.

North West Marine Debris Project

We would like to welcome our new volunteers along the north west coast of Western Australia! Marine debris projects have been springing up in Broome, Geraldton and Jurien Bay. It is wonderful to start filling the gaps in data and information on the types and amount of debris ending up on the beaches between Perth and Broome! Keep up the great work and it is great to have all the NW volunteers onboard!

Thanks to Coastwest, Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Fisheries, Surfrider Foundation Australia, local government agencies, CoastSwap and all our supporters and volunteers!

Oil Globule / Tar Ball Analysis

After the oil spill in the Timor Sea, Tangaroa Blue is interested in monitoring for a change in the number of oil globules and tar balls coming ashore along the WA coastline. For volunteers who are monitoring beaches along the whole WA coastline a request to keep an eye on the background level of oil globules and tar balls on their beaches and to start watching for any increase of these or new or different forms of globules would be very much appreciated. If and when the oil from the Timor Sea moves down the coast it will be good to have our volunteers ready to record its presence. This can be noted on the oil globule/tar ball field of the data sheet and submitted with photos if possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..