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!
What a beautiful day we had today blue skies offshore winds nice size swell and rubbish lots of rubbish along our beautiful Great Ocean Road coast in Victoria.
Luckily our boys at St Bernard's College - Santa Monica Campus were up to the task of collecting it all. Reward for effort was a surf and food, what every 15 year old boy needs.
Interestingly one group of boys collected 1947 pieces of plastic in about 20 minutes of looking in a local river mouth. It's the small ones that slip through the system.
Have a great day!
Notice is given that Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd ACN 138636521 will hold the 2014 AGM at Naturaliste Community Centre, Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough, WA 6281 on Wednesday 15th October, 2014 at 7.00pm. All members and guests are invited.
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.