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.
On October 18, Tangaroa Blue Foundation held a fabulous party, with a spectacular lightning show as a backdrop, to celebrate 10 years of working hard to stop the flow of rubbish into the marine environment.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over these 10 years, many of whom helped us celebrate on Saturday night. A guest list of true diversity, representatives from Sea Shepherd Foundation; Ocean Watch; Keep Australia Beautiful Council; Surfrider Foundation; The Department of Defence; Coastwest; WA NRM and local government representatives as well as some of our fantastic volunteers from the community who regularly clean up our beaches and send in those vital data sheets, spent the evening networking and celebrating.
Thank you also to the wonderful artists who donated their work for our silent auction – Sandra McKendrick of Sandpiper Productions; Christian Fletcher Photo Images; Jenny Edmondson; Julie Remp; Kathleen Crabill from Nurdle in the Rough and Jamie Thompson from Beachbox Garbage. And also the artists who lent their work for display: Paula Green; Renee Mouritz from Plastic is Forever; Michelle Gabelich; Greg Adams & Sue Ryan from Ghost Net Art Project and Julianne McCarthy for the gorgeous ghost net dress.
We would also like to thank the following sponsors who helped make our event a success:
Little Creatures Brewery; Madfish Wines; Phoenix Organic Soft Drinks; Amanzi Guesthouse. And thank you to Ben and Ben from Eat No Evil for providing great locally based food.
The Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program - Clean4shore - joined forces with the Gosford City Council for another clean-up at Erina Bay on Pelican Island in NSW's Brisbane Waters on October 22nd.
The volunteer team from North Gosford Learning Centre, along with program coordinator Graham Johnston and local oyster grower Simon Funnel worked on removing litter from the mangroves adjacent to the Central Coast Highway at the Punt Bridge.
A good tidal water level got Simon's barge into Erina Bay, allowing the clean-up work on the mangroves close to the Central Coast Highway to begin. Plenty of litter was quickly collected with 12 large bags loaded with many plastic and glass bottles, plastic bags, all sorts of rubber and plastic items, and close to 80 tennis balls!
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!
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.