Media Releases

Tangaroa Blue & Kathmandu clean-up events

Kathmandu 2018Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Kathmandu are teaming up on April 15th in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for their second joint clean-up to help protect the environment and promote awareness on the issues of marine debris!

If you'd like to join the fun please complete your registration via the Kathmandu Summit Club Volunteering Page

The event details are as follows, and you can find more information about the meeting spots on the event pages below:

Melbourne: 15 April 1-3pm,Westgate Park, Port Melbourne
Brisbane: 15 April 1–3pm, Park near Riverstage - Meet in the park next to City Cycle station No.20
Sydney: 15 April 1–3pm, Meadowbank Wharf, Bowden St, Meadowbank
Perth: 15 April 1–3pm, Point Walter Reserve


Sixth International Marine Debris Conference

6IMDCSocialMediaImageHeidi Taylor, Tangaroa Blue Managing Director, recently attended the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference, in San Diego, 12–16 March. These conferences are held infrequently — the last was in Hawaii in 2011. Heidi gave two presentations, one on citizen science programs and one on the Australian Marine Debris Initiative being a national marine debris hub. Some interesting presentations and discussions were had over the course of the week including the following.


The opportunity in the Green Sword

RecyclingHave you heard about the Green Sword? In short it is China’s policy to stop taking the world’s waste. Previously, China would import 700 000 tonnes of solid waste but on 1 January 2018 that changed. China has placed a ban on 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste as well as changing the quality control placed on products taken by China. In Australia approximately 619 000 tonnes of materials is expected to be impacted by the ban, worth $523 million.


10 Million Items Recorded in the AMDI Database

10 mill 01Tangaroa Blue Foundation reveals details of 10 million items littering our waterways and coast.
An Australian first study into the origin of rubbish in our oceans and waterways has found plastic fragments, cigarette butts and plastic lids & bottlecaps are the main contributors to pollution.

The study, which provided over 100,000 volunteer opportunities across Australia, collected 10 million items of rubbish and recorded them in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database in a bid to help save our oceans from plastic and debris.

“By understanding where this rubbish is coming from we can stop it at the source before it enters the environment,” says Heidi Taylor Managing Director of Tangaroa Blue.


Are you a database wizz?

AMDI LogoTangaroa Blue's Australian Marine Debris Database is growing every day with volunteers and partners across Australia sending in their data sheets from their beach, river and community clean-up events. In the next few months we will reach a huge milestone clicking over 10,000,000 marine debris items being recorded!

Our database team needs to grow to meet this demand and we are looking for an AMDI Database project officer to join our team.