Western Australia

2013 WA Marine Debris Report Released!

2013WABCUTo download the full report click here.

Executive Summary

Storms, swells and erosion delivered large quantities of plastic debris onto Western Australian beaches during 2013. The message is clear - there is a large quantity of plastic polluting the oceans and there is a large quantity of plastic buried and embedded within the coastal system. Most of this plastic is fragmented. The long term average proportion of plastic remnants in WA clean-ups is 46%. Fishing items follow with 9%. Plastic fragments are therefore the main legacy of growing levels of plastics entering the ocean over the decades since mid-last century.


Water Corp Team at Kwinana Beach

20131218 WaterCorpA great corporate clean-up event with the crew from the Water Corporation Desalination Plant at Kwinana. 12 volunteers, over 200kgs of rubbish, including a mattress, picnic table and chairs and old beach umbrella. Over 200 glass bottles and aluminium cans. The location is known to be used by 4 wheel driver's some of whom unfortunately leave their rubbish behind, it was definitely 'beach user's' rubbish.

The crew were pretty shocked at the amount we collected and thankfully we had accesss to a vehicle to come and pick it all up and take it back to the desalination plant to catalogue for inclusion in the Australian Marine Debris Database. It would be great for this activity to lead to other local industries to getting involved so this stretch of beach could be cleaned up on a regular basis.

ACTIV active at Hamelin Bay!

20131123 ACTIVOn 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.

Jack Johnson Perth Beach Clean Up!

20131201 JJThe first event of the Jack Johnson Beach Clean Up series took place on December 1st at Leighton Beach near Fremantle in Perth. 20 keen volunteers joined in for the clean-up where close to 80kg of debris was removed from 2km of beach! Congratulations to Andre who also won 2 tickets to Jack Johnson's Perth concert

Tangaroa Blue coordinator, Alison Dorn said "It was a great day with a great group of volunteers, all very keen to find every morsel of debris on the beach. No stone or piece of seaweed was left unturned!" Nearly 600 plastic bag remnants found and some very large pieces of rusty metal that had been on the beach for years.


Erosion, Swells and Lots of Hands on the Beach

2013WABCUThe 9th annual WA Beach Clean Up saw over 1400 volunteers hit the beaches armed with clean up bags and gloves ready to make a difference. Held over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of October, this state-wide event saw beaches from north of Broome right through to Esperance and as far out as the Cocos Islands cleaned up.

It was perfect timing for the event, particularly in the south west where storms and nine metre swells have been battering the region, wreaking havoc on the coastline, causing major erosion in places, sweeping some beaches clean and depositing large amounts of ocean going debris on other stretches of coastline.