Media Releases

New version of the AMDI Database

DB1With the support of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority through Reef Trust and Sustainability Victoria Tangaroa Blue has been working behind the scenes to update the Australian Marine Debris Database, and will be bringing the new version online later this week. From Tuesday 20th June to Thursday 29th June you will not be able to access the AMDI Database as we bring the new version online.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused, and will have the new AMDI Database online as soon as possilble.

You will need to register as a new user when you first access the new version of the AMDI Database. Below are some of the changes and some suggestions on preparing to use the new version.


Our Common Vision for a Future of Trash Free Seas

ICC Conference Hong KongConsensus Statement from Asia Pacific Clean-up Coordinators
February 1, 2017
Since 1986, we, the Leading Coordinators of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal CleanupTM (Clean-up) in Asia Pacific, have organised more than 30,000 Clean-ups for a common purpose: to prevent marine debris from entering our ocean. Our combined efforts have recruited 9,936,297 people throughout Asia Pacific to participate in the annual Clean-up—the world’s largest volunteer effort on behalf of ocean health. Together, with our global Clean-up partners, we have removed more than 100,000 metric tons of marine debris from beaches and waterways and have kept over 230 million items of rubbish out of the ocean. In 2015 alone, more than 529,000 volunteers in our region participated in the International Coastal Cleanup removing over 6 million kilograms of debris—nearly 75% of all trash collected during the global Clean-up.


PhD Applicants Invited!

AMDI LogoPassionate about Plastic Pollution? Want to start a PhD in 2017? Qualified applicants (see page 2) are invited to apply to join our amazing team!


Tangaroa Blue is Hiring!

Tangaroa Blue LogoUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who applied for the project officer position. Applications are now closed. We will be in contact with everyone shortly to announce the successful applicant.

If you are passionate about our oceans, and want to be part of a national team that is proactive in protecting our environment, Tangaroa Blue Foundation needs you!

We are recruiting for a super organised project officer to assist our Managing Director. The position is currently for 2-3 days per week, however could include extra hours during busy times. The successful applicant needs to have an ABN, and although it would be preferred that they live in the Port Douglas / Cairns area in Queensland, for the right applicant a remote position would be considered.


2016 Marine Debris ID Manual Released

MDIM V8Super excited to launch the 2016 update of the Tangaroa Blue Marine Debris Identification Manual! This resources helps you fill in our Data Sheet when collecting data during beach and river clean-ups so it can be submitted into the Australian Marine Debris Database. A huge thank you to the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee who provided funding for the update! You can download it free from our website.