Marine Debris

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 saddest beaches in Australia finally have a chance!

Happy BeachesA 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.


Great Ocean Road Clean Up Crew!

201503 Santa MonicaThe boys down here at Santa Monica cleaned a section of beach last week along the Great Ocean Road (Cathedral Rock to Grassy Creek) where they managed to collect over 600 items on a section of coast rarely seen by the typical visitor to this spectacular part of Victoria!

The conditions saw a dropping tide with quite substantial swell pushing up the beach and sweeping onto the rock shelves. The boys were enthusiastic as always and made a big effort in collecting many fishing items (one crate was found labelled with the Sydney Fish Markets), on completion of the beach clean-up the boys worked well to organise and report the findings and once again submitting them to the Australian Marine Debris Database for use in local strategies that stop rubbish at the source.

Well done to all the students who have been monitoring this section of coastline for the last six years!!

Djunbunji Rangers are taking the lead on waste reduction

djunbunjiThe Djunbunji Land & Sea Ranger team is leading by example with the creation of their new reusable events kit.

After attending the Australian Marine Debris Initiative's 2014 conference and being involved in creating Source Reduction Plans for various projects, the rangers decided to create a Source Reduction Plan for themselves.


Are you sick of the amount of rubbish on your beach?

SWCC BunburyLWell so are we! But if all we do is clean-up, that's all we'll ever do! So what is the solution???

Join in a community Source Reduction Plan workshop that actually works on finding practical solutions that stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans in the first place – and we need your local knowledge to do it!

Free Half day workshops will be held in Albany, Bunbury, Rockingham, Geraldton, Karratha and Port Hedland throughout March and April with the goal of creating a local Source Reduction Plan in each region to address what is washing up on your beach. Click on the Read More button to find out where these workshops are being held and how to register.



The Australian Marine Debris Initiative is a way that everyone can become involved in both the removal of marine debris and finding solutions to stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans.

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Did you know?

Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!

  • Number of cleanup sites 1,430
  • Number of volunteers 39,412
  • Number of tonnes removed 344 tonnes
  • Number of items removed 3,539,863