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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.


Tangaroa Blue & Kathmandu Aussie Tour!

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On November 4th 2017, Tangaroa Blue Foundation teamed up with Kathmandu in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to run a series of clean-ups for their Summit Club and motivated community members. Prizes were won, 76 participants had fun, and a total of 239.6 kilograms of rubbish was successfully cleared from Australia’s coasts and waterways, and audited for the Australian Marine Debris Database.

At the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, 109.6kg of litter were picked up by 22 volunteers. In Sydney at Meadowbank Memorial Park, 59.5kg of marine debris was removed by 14 volunteers. Another 58.5kg was cleared at Dight’s Falls in Melbourne by 23 volunteers and 12kg was cleaned up by 17 volunteers from Walter’s Point in Perth.