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Snapper Island

Snapper 2What a cracker of a day for our annual Snapper Island clean-up event! A massive 351kg removed by our awesome volunteer team. The debris load consisted of heaps of rope and plastic bottles and containers as well as the odd items including a pool noodle, a 4WD tyre on a rim, a boat captain's chair, 3 fridge doors and a wooden door. Check out more pictures of the day on our event Facebook album.

A huge thank you to Wavelength Reef Cruises for volunteering their vessel Wavelength 3, and to Jon and Lorna for crewing the vessel. It was also great to see the Seagull Prowler back in the water for the first clean-up in a long time as well - thanks Matt Wheldon! And big acknowledgement to another one of our AMDI partners, Shapes in the Sand - an eco-friendly swimwear company, whose products are made of recycled ghost-net, who sponsered the clean-up.

And just as we pulled into Port Douglas after the Snapper Island clean-up, we were joined by everyone's favourite gardener Costa Georgiadis who was keen to see what we found! He also brought along his friends Dirt Girl and Scrub Boy and the whole production team! Great to spend the afternoon talking all about marine debris and what we can all do to solve this mega issue!

Orpheus Island Beach Clean-ups Proving Successful!

2017 OI 1Orpheus Island Beach Clean-ups Proving Successful!: signs of declining marine debris

Written by: Jesse Rheinlander (volunteer) and Vanessa Carey (coordinator)

It’s been a week since Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a team of 12 dedicated volunteers set out from Lucinda towards Orpheus Island. From November 18th to 22nd their mission was to relieve a section of the windward stretch of coast from the burden of discarded and forgotten marine debris. Upon arrival the team was greeted by staff from the Orpheus Island Research Station as well as 6 additional volunteers who were in the right place at the right time to lend a helping hand in protecting our saltwater country.

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Great Northern Clean-up at Alva

201710 AlvaTangaroa Blue Foundation was joined by Burdekin Shire Council, Scouts, and volunteers from Townsville and the local region for a biannual rubbish clean-up at Alva Beach. The community clean-up event was supported by NQ Dry Tropics through funding from the Austrailan Government's National Landcare Program, and aligned with ReefBlitz and the Great Northern Clean Up to push the message that the oceans are worth protecting. On October 14th 2017, thirteen beach cleaners picked up 186kg of predominantly land-based litter from 2km of coastline.

Leaving the shorelines cleaner and safer for the use of humans and the survival of marine wildlife, the team turned their focus to cataloguing each and every item they removed from the beach, contributing to the Australian Marine Debris Database. It’s important to know that data collection is just as imperative as cleaning up because if all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do. The data is evidence to create change, it’ll ensure the long-term health and safety of marine ecosystems through ‘source reduction plans’ that aim to stop litter at its source before it enters the environment.

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Another 1.7 tonnes off Cape York Beaches

2017 5BL1A massive 1.7 tonnes of marine debris, equal to the weight of a small car, was picked up and sorted by 15 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and Apudthama Rangers recently during a Cape York beach clean-up event. 74 000 items of debris were collected by the team who travelled to the 5 Beaches Loop located at the tip of Cape York. The debris was removed and sorted over 5 days from just over 5 kilometres of beach. The total is a 30% increase from last year.

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Chilli Beach Poem - Ode to Tangaroa Blue

Sue Hayes CB1Marine debris is all you can see littered along the beach of windy Chilli 
Anthropogenic detritus of micro plastic bits 
a modern day archaeology of human s**t 
Thai water bottles and fishing boat bleach 
now algaed and brittle washed upon the beach

You may feel disheartened with no hope in sight
kilometres of plastic fragments and a lone whistling kite
But with Clean Coast Collective and Tangaroa Blue
Lockhart kids and Rangers, we know what to do.

Armed with gloves and bags and plenty of sunscreen
though back breaking work, we handpicked the beach clean.
We documented the debris with meticulous rigour
with Heidi at the helm and her cyber track figures

We were constantly yelling random figures in the air
plastic bits, screaming s**ts, data pen beware.
The volunteers had travelled from near and far
to assist in this clean up aided by cars

Mat has his shovel and hacksaw in hand
pulling reams of ghost nets knotted under the sands
Whilst Gandalfian Jeff may look quite demure
he's secretly hunting Sue's illusive marlin lure

 

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