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.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2013 "From Here To Now To You" Australian Tour! Through "All At Once", a social action network connecting non-profits with people who want to become active in their local and world community, Tangaroa Blue, and other partner organisations will be hosting beach clean-ups in each city where Jack will perform, as well as having an information display at each concert!
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION!
1) Explore All At Once! Visit www.AllAtOnce.org to check out what you can do before, during, and after the show to get involved.
3) Visit us at the show! We will be at all of Jack Johnson's Australian concerts! Please come visit us, take environmental action, and enter to win an ukulele signed by Jack Johnson!
4) Help us raise funds! Jack Johnson's charity is matching donations contributed to us at the show or directly to our organisation until December 31st up to a total of $2500! Make a contribution right now and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation!
Collectively, individual actions create global change.
Your actions, your voice, and your choices, all have a huge impact.
On the 23rd November Tangaroa Blue joined forces with the local Margaret River ACTIV Industry youth group to clean up a section of Hamelin Bay. It was a beautiful summer's day, the beach was busy with tourists enjoying the warm weather. A group of 10 volunteers, led by Renee Mouritz from Tangaroa Blue spent about an hour scouring the beach, removing 6kg of rubbish from a 300m stretch. They then retreated to the shade under the boat ramp to have a closer look at what they'd found. The number one item collected was rope fragments, with over 70 pieces picked up, some of which were dug up from where they were buried in the sand. Interestingly a lone slipper found during the clean up was matched up with its pair which had been found during a clean up in the same area 2 months before!! The group will use the rope they collected during the clean up in a basket weaving activity this weekend.
Heading back out to the Brisbane Waters with students from Brisbane Waters Secondary College, the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program was focused on the removal of litter from Hardys Bay on November 29th.
up site. Plenty of small litter (bottles and bags) were found on the tidal mark beside Hardys Bay Road. This litter became much thicker at Rocky Point and into Rileys Bay. Small picnic spot had stacked litter in broken bags, left by the public. This litter had been spread, possibly by native animals. Three large full bags retrieved from this site, with old chairs also collected.