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.
The Alva Beach Clean Up weekend was a huge success, with over 570kgs collected and removed from more than 6 kilometres of Alva Beach! We had great partners over the weekend that made it all happen. The Gudjuda Reference Group started us off on Friday by bringing in a bus full of local school students who were very eager to help clean-up the beach and quad bikes to help transport the rubbish back to the base camp where the weighing and sorting took place. Gudjuda Reference Group also provided a group of Rangers on Saturday for our Community Day and delivered a Welcome to Country talk for the rest of the volunteers.
A unique nation-wide competition will be launched on World Happiness Day, Saturday 21st March, to find Australia's saddest beach and then blitzed the beach from sad to happy with the help of experts from Happy Beaches.
The competition called Australia's Happy Beaches competition was found by inspiration and passion for healthy beaches and happy communities and has been launched to progress beyond the sad realities of beaches.
The driving force behind the Happy Beaches competition is Griffith University student Naomi Edwards. A Gold Coast local and beach expert, Naomi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Master of International and Community Development.
A very keen group of nine clients and staff from Response Training and the same number from Macmasters Beach Surf Club headed to Erina Creek in the Brisbane Waters for the Clean4Shore's first clean-up of Erina Creek on April 9th.
The team were immediately met by a mountain of rubbish including beer bottles and lots of plastic within the thick mangroves. The team collected everything that they could reach, and at times it was extremely difficult to retrieve along this 800 metre section from the boat ramp to Patemans Road.
On Sunday 29th March local volunteers joined forces with members of Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Friends of Westgate Park, Beach Patrol and Port Phillip EcoCentre to clean-up the banks of the Yarra River in Westgate Park. Sponsored by Phoenix Drinks through their 'Love Your Beach Clean-Up Series', and supported by the Rotary Club of Albert Park who treated volunteers to a free BBQ lunch, the day gave an opportunity for people to explore the beauty of Westgate Park as well as volunteer to help address the issue of marine debris.