What is the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

The Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) is a national network of over 40,000 volunteers and partners, coordinated by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, focused on reducing the amount of marine debris washing into our oceans.

The objectives of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative are:

• Removing marine debris from the marine environment.
• Ongoing monitoring programs
• Collecting scientific data on the type of debris found.
• Tracking the debris back to the source wherever possible.
• Working with stakeholders to find strategies (Source Reduction Plans) to prevent marine debris occurring in the first place.
• Working with partners to divert marine debris, in particular plastics, from landfill.
• Providing education resources and presentations on the marine debris issue to increase understanding and awareness.