Media Releases

AMDI App User Video

With the launch of the new Australian Marine Debris Initiative data collection app (available on both Android and Apple), we've just created a short how-to-video to help you navigate your way through the data collection process! If you have any questions about the app just send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A big thanks to Jarrod & Craig from Streamline Media for producing our video, and Brett from We-Refill for the voiceover along with funding from the Morris Foundation to help produce the video.

Tangaroa Blue a Banksia Finalist

Banksia SealThe Banksia Foundation works to bring the current sustainability issues into the spotlight and recognise the organisations working towards solutions through the annual Banksia Awards. This year, the Foundation has aligned the awards with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of which Tangaroa Blue contributes to goals 6, 12-15 and 17.

Tangaroa Blue is proud to annouce that we have been listed as a finalist in the Not for Profit/NGO category!

We are stoked to have made it this far in the process and hope to hear good news when the award winners are announced later this year.

Intrepid Paddlers Raise Funds for Tangaroa Blue

Paddlers 1by Mathilde Gordon of Passage Adventures

We sat in our lounge room in Australia staring down at the 45 marine charts that showed our 2042km kayak expedition through the Inside Passage, and it was hard to even imagine what was in store for us. The 3-month journey would take us from Glacier Bay, North West of Juneau, through the island passages of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, to the southern end of Vancouver Island. Only books and words from other kayakers could help us imagine what awaited us. From the moment we dipped our paddles into the icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska, we were challenged, awed and inspired. The expedition was everything we wanted, and more than we bargained for.


Tangaroa Blue is Hiring a Project Officer!

Tangaroa Blue LogoTangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-registered charity focused on the health of our marine environment and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

Since the program started in 2004, more than 11 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline and data on this debris collated and inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database. AMDI is the most comprehensive marine debris database in Australia, and one of the biggest in the world.

We need a project officer to help get the most out of this invaluable data resource. We see the proposed role being a critical, unique link between our database management team, the communities and partners that submit data, our research partners and government partners to help guide the creation, implementation and recording of source reduction plans as they are developed. This will result in less marine debris and plastic pollution flowing into our oceans.

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is partnering with Tangaroa Blue Foundation to fund this position aimed at getting the most impact out of this invaluable data.  The joint initiative, launched during Keep Australia Beautiful Week, will provide a critical link between the communities that submit data, and research and industry partners to help guide the creation, implementation and monitoring of debris source reduction plans.


Passage Adventures: Paddling for a Cleaner Ocean

L M PassageIt's the Final Countdown! Australians Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon have been kayaking since May from Juneau, Alaska to Vancouver Island, Canada. For Lucy, having done various multi-day paddles before, kayaking the Inside Passage has been a life-long dream. For Mathilde, who has had little kayaking experience, this is an exciting leap out of her comfort zone. The girls want to experience new places, take on the elements, connect with nature, challenge themselves and have fun!

They have used the 3-month-long paddle to raise awareness of marine debris issues, fundraise for those fighting for ocean protection and conservation and inspire others. The girls have both been living single-use plastic free since the beginning of 2016, and took their plastic free challenge to the next level by also paddling the Inside Passage single-use plastic free.

They have just 6 days left of paddling, planning to arrive at their finish point on August 4th. Help them hit the $20,000 mark before their boats hit the last shore after more than 2000km of kayaking! All proceeds go to Tangaroa Blue and Living Oceans Society, to run more beach clean-ups and use data collected to tackle marine debris and stop it at the source.

Donate here! --> https://chuffed.org/project/paddling-for-a-cleaner-ocean

Thanks to the trip sponsors Lupii Cafe, Kokatat, Werner Paddles, Boreal Design, Aquapac - 100% waterproof protection, Lunette Australia, She Flies and WindPaddle.

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