18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.
276 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.
In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is one of the great gods, the god of the ocean. He is the son of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, Sky and Earth. Tangaroa is the father of many sea creatures and his breaths are the tides. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..."
The organisation was named Tangaroa Blue Foundation to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans and creating programs and resources to help communities look after their local coastal environment.
2014 is the 10th Anniversary of the West Australian Beach Clean Up and you're invited to join in this year's fun! Taking place over the weekend of October 11th & 12th, volunteers can register a beach or riverway anywhere in Western Australia for a clean-up event.
Last year more than 1500 volunteers cleaned 310km of coastline and removed over 5.3 tonnes of debris - let's see if we can beat it this year!
All clean-up materials will be provided, all you need to do is bring along some friends and make a day of it!
A huge thanks goes to Coastwest, Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA, Department of Fisheries, Department of Parks and Wildlife, all the Local Government Agencies, supporters and volunteers for their support!
The team from The Glen were back on the job at Pelican Island last week as part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program. The mission for the day was to remove an old barge from the mangroves in the bay of the island.
In perfect tidal water the team was eager to get started, with many volunteers being involved in the program for the first time. Simon's barge was able to be positioned adjacent to the barge for easier loading. Crow bars, sledge hammers and plenty of muscle soon removed the sides, with the flooring cut into manageable pieces, to be lifted for removal.
The second larger barge, partly finished from previous trips, was then slowly dismantled, leaving only a piece of the flooring, remaining before the falling tide made for a quick exit. The flooring piece was floated to a more accessible site, for easier pickup on the next trip.
Eleven outstanding winners were announced in the 2014 National Landcare Awards in Melbourne on September 18th, and Tangaroa Blue Foundation was honoured by winning the Coastcare Category for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative!
The Awards ceremony took place during a gala dinner and also featured the presentation of the prestigious National Landcare People's Choice Award – voted for by the public from amongst the impressive 69 finalists in the National Landcare Awards, and the Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
Almost 800 people packed Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building for the biennial celebration, which was hosted by Landcare ambassador, Catriona Rowntree, and included speeches from former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and the Hon. Ryan Smith, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
More than 150,000,000 pieces of rubbish are strewn upon Australia's beaches, big news considering more than 80% of Australians live within 100km of the coast. Alarmed by this overwhelming statistic, Phoenix Organics has joined forces with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines to create The Love Project. This project aims to empower Aussies to vote and help clean up and protect our much-loved coastlines.
Australians can visit Phoenix's Facebook page to vote for the beach they love the most and would like to keep clean. The Phoenix Love Project has contributed $40,000 to Sustainable Coastlines and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to complete beach cleanup projects over the summer months.