Marine Debris

18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.

633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.

Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.

In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is the god of the ocean. 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..." When, after a week-long clean-up event, the whales and dolphins come close to our beach and slap their flippers, we sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying "thank you".

Archer Point Clean-up

2017 Archer PointJust over 300km north of Cairns is the township of Cooktown – named after explorer Captain James Cook. About 20km before you reach Cooktown is a place called Archer Point. The Yuku Baja Muliku people are the Traditional Custodians of Archer Point, an area covering 22,500 hectares, which encompasses the Annan River and the beach camping site of Archer Point.

The Yuku Baja Muliku (YBM) Land & Sea Ranger program has been established since 2008, and they care for the land and sea by implementing conservation strategies. These Rangers act as mentors for the children of the local area through their Junior Ranger Program.


Cottesloe does its bit for sea creatures

Cott does its bitFrom The Post - May 27th, 2017

Cottesloe councillors were nice to turtles on World Turtle Day on Tuesday.

They voted unanimously to ask for public submissions on amending a council law to ban the use of balloons, and smoking on the beach.

Councillor Sandy Boulter took to the meeting a big contianer of rubbish she had picked up during her walks on the dog beach near North Street.

"I know you might be disgusted," Ms Boulter said, as she flourished a perished plastic bag.

"This looks like a jellyfish. There's an osprey diving there. We have to protect [animals]."

Earlier Perth zoo vet nurse Lisa Hills, vet Erin Young and Conservation Council directory Piers Verstegen urged councillors to proceed with the balloon ban.

"Today is World Turtle Day," Ms Hills said. "Please take that into consideration."

Some people in the public gallery gasped when Dr Young showed photos of what plastic litter did to animals.

"We need to stop treating [the oceans] like a rubbish dump," she said. 

She said she had once had to put down a sea turtle with severe internal injures from plastic litter.

New version of the AMDI Database

DB1With the support of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority through Reef Trust, Tangaroa Blue has been working behind the scenes to update the Australian Marine Debris Database, and will be bringing the new version online soon!

The new version will be going live in late April or May. We will notify you of the exact date closer to the time. You will need to register as a new user when you first access the new version of the AMDI Database. Below are some of the changes and some suggestions on preparing to use the new version.


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

  • Number of clean-up sites: 2,260
  • Number of volunteers: 80,216
  • Number of tonnes removed: 771 tonnes
  • Number of items removed: 8,087,016 items
  • Number of volunteer hours: 209,486 hours