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FAQ

This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information or support from us. 

General



How did Tangaroa Blue Foundation start?

     

    In 2004 a small group of concerned individuals came together to clean beaches between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste in Western Australia. As marine debris continuously flows onto the coastline, the project focused not only onto the removal of the marine debris, but also documenting what was being collected. This data could then be used to track items back to the source and assist in initiating change that would prevent marine debris from occuring. This was the beginning of Tangaroa Blue Foundation. 

    The program soon gained momentum, spreading around the country and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was launched. The AMDI platform provided a nation-wide framework to address marine debris and included a database collating all marine debris items collected by Tangaroa Blue Foundation and participating partners. To date, the AMDI database contains over 4 million entries. Almost 40,000 people and partners have contributed to beach clean-ups at over 1,400 different sites around Australia, and the list of partner organisations is constantly growing.

    Where does the name 'Tangaroa' come from?

      Tangaroa is one of the great gods in Maori and Polynesian mythology, the God of the Ocean. One of his laws is "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki", which means "if you look after me, I'll look after you". This guideline highlights the importance of our marine and coastal environment and encourages individuals, communities and corporate groups to protect our oceans. 

      What are the objectives of Tangaroa Blue Foundation

        Tangaroa Blue Foundation aims to protect and preserve the marine and coastal environment by reducing marine debris.

        This is achieved through the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) which is coordinated by our organisation. The objectives of AMDI are:

        • Removing marine debris from the marine environment
        • Ongoing monitoring programs
        • Collecting scientific data on the type of debris found
        • Tracking the debris back to the source wherever possible
        • Working with stakeholders to find strategies (Source Reduction Plans) to prevent marine debris occurring in the first place
        • Working with partners to divert marine debris, in particular plastics, from landfill
        • Providing education resources and presentations on the marine debris issue to increase understanding and awareness.

        What locations does Tangaroa Blue Foundation work in?

          We work all across Australia through an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations, government and corporate partners monitoring the impacts of marine debris along the coast and creating Source Reduction Plans. To date, over 1,400 clean-up sites are registered through Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

          To find out about local activities on this website go to AMDI > AMDI Program > and select your state.
          To keep up to date with our activities you can subscribe to the Tangaroa Blue newsletter here.

          For upcoming clean-up events check our event calendar on the bottom of this page, find us on Facebook or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

           

           


          Working with us

          I’m interested in doing an internship with Tangaroa Blue Foundation. How can I get involved?

            We are always looking for interns from different fields who can bring their expertise and skills to help support our activities. Tasks may include:

            • Assisting with preparation, participation, reporting and media presentation of beach clean-up events.
            • Assisting with day-to-day administration, data entry, coordination of events.
            • Assisting with school visits, training, community presentations and workshops.

            The length and time of your internship can be negotiated based on your experience, interests and availability. Tangaroa Blue Foundation can supply you with a certificate after the successful completion of your internship.

            Internship applications open 1 October and close 1 May each year. These are unpaid positions. To apply for an internship please send a brief email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

            • In which state would you like to do your internship?
            • How long should your internship last? If there are certain events on the bottom of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation home page that you are interested in please specify these dates.
            • If you would like to do an internship for more than a single-day event please specify the days (Monday to Sunday) and times you are available.
            • Do you have a car and are you available to travel to clean-up events?
            • Briefly describe your experience, skills and interests related to working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

            We will get back to you to discuss your internship application as soon as possible.


            Australian Marine Debris Initiative

            What is the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

              The Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) is a national network of over 40,000 volunteers and partners, coordinated by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, focused on reducing the amount of marine debris washing into our oceans.

              The objectives of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative are:

              • Removing marine debris from the marine environment.
              • Ongoing monitoring programs
              • Collecting scientific data on the type of debris found.
              • Tracking the debris back to the source wherever possible.
              • Working with stakeholders to find strategies (Source Reduction Plans) to prevent marine debris occurring in the first place.
              • Working with partners to divert marine debris, in particular plastics, from landfill.
              • Providing education resources and presentations on the marine debris issue to increase understanding and awareness.

               

              How can schools get involved in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

                Schools can get involved in the AMDI by adopting a section of your local beach and committing to ongoing removal and monitoring of marine debris at this site. If your school wants to join the AMDI, we can provide you with beach clean-up materials and education resources to help with learning about marine debris and conducting an AMDI clean-up. You can also request a visit from us for school presentations, workshops and to support your school with beach clean-up events. Please let us know if you are planning a clean-up event to contribute to the AMDI Database at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect with us on Facebook.

                The AMDI Database is a great opportunity for students to collect, report, analyse and compare results of other clean-up sites over time. It is free to utilise once you have agreed to the data use agreement.

                Find out here which schools are already involved in AMDI activities across Australia.

                On the Tangaroa Blue Foundation resources webpage you can find the following AMDI resources to help your school get involved:

                • Marine Debris Education Kit
                • Data Sheet for clean-ups
                • Manual "How to run a beach clean-up"
                • Identification manual for marine debris
                • Fact sheets
                • Previous reports
                • Source Reduction Plan.

                Tangaroa Blue Foundation will soon be launching education videos on how to conduct an AMDI clean-up. To keep up to date on this please find us on Facebook.

                As an individual, how can I get involved in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

                  You can either join a Tangaroa Blue Foundation scheduled clean-up or you can organise your own clean-up with support from Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

                  To join a Tangaroa Blue scheduled clean-up event please check out the upcoming clean-up events on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website (bottom of the page) and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participating.

                  Before planning a clean-up to contribute data to the AMDI Database, please read through our guidelines for submitting data. Also consider the following tips:

                  • The database will request how much effort was involved in the clean-up, i.e. time spent cleaning, number of people involved, and distance covered.
                  • Take note of the GPS locations of your clean-up so we can link the debris found to the location of your clean-up.
                  • You will need essential materials like clean-up bags, gloves and sharps containers to conduct the clean-up as safely as possible. If you do not have access to these materials, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this further.

                  We would love to know about any upcoming clean-ups that you are doing using AMDI procedures so please keep in touch via the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Facebook page or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                  On the Tangaroa Blue Foundation resources webpage you can access the following resources for free to help with your clean-up:

                  • Data Sheet for clean-ups
                  • Manual "How to do a beach clean-up"
                  • Marine debris identification manual
                  • Fact sheets
                  • Source Reduction Plan.

                  Tangaroa Blue Foundation will soon be launching education videos on how to conduct an AMDI clean-up. To keep up to date on this please connect with us on Facebook.

                  As a community group, how can we get involved in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

                     

                    You can either join a Tangaroa Blue Foundation scheduled clean-up or you can organise your own clean-up with support from Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

                    To join a Tangaroa Blue scheduled clean-up event please check out the upcoming clean-up events on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website (bottom of the page) and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participating.

                    Before planning a clean-up to contribute data to the AMDI Database, please read through our guidelines for submitting data. Also consider the following tips:

                    • The database will request how much effort was involved in the clean-up, i.e. time spent cleaning, number of people involved, and distance covered.
                    • Take note of the GPS locations of your clean-up so we can link the debris found to the location of your clean-up.
                    • You will need essential materials like clean-up bags, gloves and sharps containers to conduct the clean-up as safely as possible. If you do not have access to these materials, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this further.

                    We would love to know about any upcoming clean-ups that you are doing using AMDI procedures so please keep in touch via the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Facebook page or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                    On the Tangaroa Blue Foundation resources webpage you can access the following resources for free to help with your clean-up:

                    • Data Sheet for clean-ups
                    • Manual "How to do a beach clean-up"
                    • Marine debris identification manual
                    • Fact sheets
                    • Source Reduction Plan.

                    Tangaroa Blue Foundation will soon be launching education videos on how to conduct an AMDI clean-up. To keep up to date on this please connect with us on Facebook.

                    As a corporate group, how can we help support the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and Tangaroa Blue Foundation?

                      We are always looking for potential partnerships to help us continue our work, and donations are gratefully accepted. Our DGR status (deductible gift recipient) allows us to provide tax receipts for all donations. We are flexible and happy to work within your business strategy and can promote any contribution you make on our Tangaroa Blue Foundation website and social media. You can provide one-off contributions or we can explore a partnership over time. Some examples of how corporate organisations have partnered with Tangaroa Blue Foundation in the past include:

                      • Sponsoring a local or remote clean-up event.
                      • Providing support to help Tangaroa Blue Foundation purchase essential equipment for our work or increase staff capacity to coordinate more events around Australia.
                      • Customer-driven programs such as donating to Tangaroa Blue Foundation for every customer that chooses a certain product, e.g. using a re-usable coffee cup.

                      If you would like to explore a partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0410 166 684 to discuss this further. We appreciate your support.


                      Australian Marine Debris Database

                      What is the Australian Marine Debris Database?

                        The AMDI database was created to enable volunteers, groups and organisations doing beach clean-ups to collect data and report what they were finding with a consistent methodology. To date, over 4 million items have been entered into the database creating a comprehensive overview of the quantity  and types of marine debris found along the Australian coastline.

                        For each clean-up the following data is recorded:

                        • Effort: number of participants and time needed
                        • Location, length and width of the beach
                        • Weight and volume of the rubbish collected
                        • Number of items removed
                        • Category of each item, e.g.

                        •  material (e.g. plastics, foam, rubber etc.)
                        •  type of use (e.g. consumer item, packaging, remnant etc.)
                        • detailed description of the item (e.g. toy, drink bottle, fishing lure etc.)
                        • foreign origin          

                        What do you do with the data collected via the Australian Marine Debris Database?

                          The AMDI Database provides a detailed picture of marine debris trends over time. It enables us to identify hot spots as well as type and origin of the rubbish collected to create Source Reduction Plans, thus working towards preventing the litter from ending up in the ocean in the first place.

                          The AMDI Database has an open access policy and allows for a specific set of data reports to be generated for community groups, schools and partner organisations to assist in identifying marine debris trends and creating local Source Reduction Plans.

                          The AMDI Database also enables scientists and government agencies to request data on marine debris in Australia for educational and research purposes. The contributor always owns the data submitted and the database simply provides a central place for all data to be stored allowing people to access and analyse information about marine debris for different locations, over time. Once you have accepted the data use agreement for the database, you can access and search the report systems by time period and location to find out:

                          • The top 10 debris items
                          • The number and location of clean-ups
                          • Type of materials found
                          • Percentage of materials found
                          • Percentage of materials found from land and sea
                          • Map of clean-up site.

                          Can I access data in the Australian Marine Debris Database?

                            The AMDI Database has an open access policy enabling scientists, government agencies, communities and organisations to request data on marine debris in Australia for educational and research purposes. The contributor always owns the data submitted whilst the database provides a central place for all data to be stored, allowing people to access and analyse information about marine debris for different locations over time.

                            Once you have accepted the conditions of use agreement for the AMDI database here you can freely search a range of reports on marine debris and find out:

                            • The top 10 debris items
                            • The number and location of clean-ups
                            • Type of materials found
                            • Percentage of materials found
                            • Percentage of land and sea based items found
                            • Comparison of material found between two different sites or dates
                            • Map of clean-up site.

                            Can I access the data from the Australian Marine Debris Database for custom purposes?

                              If you or your organisation would like to request data for educational or research purposes please download and complete the Custom Dataset Request Form located here and submit this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                              If you would like to use the data publically for any purposes, both the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and the data contributor must be acknowledged. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like assistance with this. 


                              Charity tax concessions

                              Are you a registered charity?

                                We are an Australian Registered Charity with Australian Donor Gift Recipient Status. We are also approved for U.S. Tax Deductible donations through Charities Aid Foundation America.

                                Do you have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status?

                                  Tangaroa Blue Foundation has DGR status so your donations are 100% tax deductible! Every little bit counts towards protecting our oceans and we appreciate your generous support. 

                                  Can you give tax-deductible receipts for donations?

                                    Once you make a donation to Tangaroa Blue Foundation we will provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for your tax records. 


                                    Donate

                                    How can I donate to Tangaroa Blue Foundation?

                                      Donating to Tangaroa Blue Foundation is easy. Here are some simple ways you can help us to continue to protect the marine environment:

                                      • Donate via Paypal on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website.
                                      • Download and complete the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Donation Form on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website and email this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
                                      • The Sea Store is Tangaroa Blue Foundation’s online store where sustainable products, clothes and items are available for purchase. All money from your purchases will go straight back into Tangaroa Blue Foundation projects.
                                      • We have a new way that you can donate to us at no extra cost – Shopnate. Shopnate has convinced hundreds of famous retailers to give a percentage of the cost of your purchase with them to a charity of your liking. Visit Shopnate to find out more. 

                                      Inviting Tangaroa Blue Foundation to visit or to events

                                      Can Tangaroa Blue Foundation visit our school?

                                        If you are part of a school that would like to join the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, we can help provide you with beach clean-up materials, a marine debris education kit and identification manuals, data slates and fact sheets to help with increasing learning and clean-up outcomes.

                                        We can visit your school to do presentations, workshops and help you coordinate beach clean-ups. Please contact Tangaroa Blue Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know how we can help. Please note: to make sure we can be available, please notify Tangaroa Blue Foundation at least two weeks prior to event dates. While we try and accommodate all requests, we may need to charge a fee to cover presentation costs.

                                        Can we book Tangaroa Blue Foundation to do presentations and attend events?

                                          Tangaroa Blue Foundation is experienced in presenting to a diverse audience from across Australia and overseas. We have an engaging, enthusiastic team of staff that can present at conferences, community celebration days, workshops, working groups, contribute to advisory groups or help run a community beach clean-up in your area. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss potential opportunities further with us. Please notify Tangaroa Blue Foundation at least two weeks prior to your scheduled activity so we can make sure we are available. While we try and accommodate all requests, we may need to charge a fee to cover presentation costs.


                                          Media

                                          Where can we access the logos to recognise Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative?

                                            You can download a range of our logo formats for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and Tangaroa Blue Foundation on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website. You can find the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Style Guide (2012) located on our website here to easily explain the conditions of use.

                                            What are the conditions of using the logo for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and Tangaroa Blue Foundation?

                                              You can download the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Style Guide (2012) on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website. This includes details of condition of use, Tangaroa Blue Foundation common terminology, logos, fonts, branding and corporate marketing, and examples of acceptable uses of our logos.