Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers

Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers around the country have been working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative since 2011.

With the Rangers' assistance vital information and data has been collected, and thousands of tonnes of marine debris has been removed from remote and significant sites across Australia.

Rangers also work with community members, local shire councils, junior rangers and school students on source reduction plans, recycling programs and clean-up events.

Many Ranger teams use CyberTracker software to collect data and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative has a CyberTracker sequence available to download here.

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Cape York Marine Debris Management Plan Released

CYMPDuring the past three years, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation team have been privileged to work with Indigenous communities throughout Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands on the marine debris issue. In these remote areas where access and logistics can be extremely difficult Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers, school teachers and students, community members and councils have supported the Australian Marine Debris Initiative by running beach clean-ups and data collection, as well as creating local source reduction plans to stop marine debris before it enters the environment.

With the amazing wealth of knowledge of their Saltwater Country from our Indigenous partners, along with Tangaroa Blue's expertise on marine debris, we are proud to release the first Cape York Marine Debris Management Plan. The goal of the plan is to highlight the amounts and types of marine debris found in this remote area of Australia, identifying that much of this debris is washing up from other areas of Australia and from overseas, and to look at creative and innovative strategies that will help improve the marine and coastal environment that can be replicated around the country.

Download the Cape York Marine Debris Management Plan.


Mapoon Smashes the Cape Thong Record!

20130628 MapoonOver five days last week 18 members of the Mapoon Land & Sea Rangers, a team from Conservation Volunteers Australia, GhostNets Australia and Tangaroa Blue set to the mammoth task of cleaning up the northern end of Cullen Point and Back Beach at Mapoon on the west of Cape York. Though the beach is regularly patrolled by the Land & Sea Rangers who remove ghost nets (derelict fishing nets) and larger items, the amount of marine debris has been described by local residents as overwhelming.


SBS TV Visits Djunbunji Land & Sea Rangers

20130208 DjunbunjiThe Djunbunji Land and Sea Rangers headed to the beach with Tangaroa Blue today on the Yarrabah Peninsula as part of their sea debris monitoring program.

SBS TV program "Living Black" was on hand documenting the types and amounts of marine debris found in the region and the great work the Rangers are doing to remove it and find ways to stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans. Great day!

The program just screened! If you missed it - here is a link:


TSRA Land and Sea Rangers Join AMDI

20121029 Maza GuiyaThe Warraberalgahl Rangers visited the Maza Guiya (Kirkcaldie Reef) as part of their patrol during November. The uninhabited sand cay is located 7.4 nautical miles south of Warraber in the Torres Strait Islands and is being considered to become an Indigenous Protected Area.

During the patrol the Rangers conducted a marine debris survey for inclusion in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database - collecting approximately 11kg of marine debris including a large drilling marking buoy which had been washed up on the island.

The Rangers are keen to make Maza Guiya one of their marine debris monitoring sites to help identify the sources of marine debris making its way through the Torres Straits.

Giangurra Beach Clean Up

20120920-Giangurra-BeachThe Great Northern Clean Up brings together people in communities right around Northern Australia to help improve their local environment, and community members, local government agencies and supporting organisations joined the Djunbunji Land and Sea Rangers at Giangurra Beach in Yarrabah for a beach clean up on Friday 14th September.

Both the park and beach areas of Giangurra were targeted, and with the help of 35 volunteers more than 915kg of rubbish was removed!


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