Is it just us, or does it seem like time is ticking faster than ever? As we come to the close of another year, we can't help but look back at the full calendar on the wall, and send a massive thanks to all our volunteers and supporters around Australia for their efforts during 2016!!
A quick look at the AMDI Database says it all!
Total in the AMDI Database 2004 - 2016: Clean-up sites: 2,087 Volunteers: 70,713 Weight removed: 639 tonnes Items removed: 7,160,930 Volunteer hours: 187,929
And in the last year: 1,328 clean-ups, removing over 1.5 million items from 698 coastal & river sites!
Photo: The students from St Bernards College - Santa Monica Campus on Victoria's Surf Coast, have been removing marine debris from their beaches every month during the school year since 2009, and recording their findings in the AMDI Database! A massive shout-out to all the students and teachers for their long-term commitment to their local environment and for being awesome role-models!
As a leading expert in addressing the marine debris issue, Tangaroa Blue Foundation is coordinating Source Reduction Plan workshops in seven council regions around Port Phillip Bay in 2017 (see more details below). You are invited to participate in this exciting project to tackle marine debris & litter at the source.
Cleaning up areas like beaches, waterways, streets and parks is essential to reduce the impacts of marine debris & litter, but this is only a Band-Aid approach to what has become a major environmental issue worldwide. “If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do” - Heidi Taylor, Tangaroa Blue Foundation. The only way of making a real change is analysing where the litter & debris comes from, and finding ways of stopping it ending up in our ocean and rivers in the first place - a Source Reduction Plan.
Join us in 2017 to help find ways to stop the flow of rubbish into Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who applied for the project officer position. Applications are now closed. We will be in contact with everyone shortly to announce the successful applicant.
If you are passionate about our oceans, and want to be part of a national team that is proactive in protecting our environment, Tangaroa Blue Foundation needs you!
We are recruiting for a super organised project officer to assist our Managing Director. The position is currently for 2-3 days per week, however could include extra hours during busy times. The successful applicant needs to have an ABN, and although it would be preferred that they live in the Port Douglas / Cairns area in Queensland, for the right applicant a remote position would be considered.
Operation Clean Sweep® Australia launched during 2016. An industry program developed in the US, and adapted for the Australian industry with funding from the Victorian Government's Litter Hotspot Program and support from the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association & Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
The Operation Clean Sweep® program looks at all the places during processing and transport that plastic resin pellets (AKA nurdles) can be lost and cost-effective strategies that would prevent that loss from occurring.
We are excited to annouce industry leaders (Dow Chemical, Qenos and Co-Ex Films) have taken the pledge to adopt Operation Clean Sweep® and help reduce the chance of plastic resin pellets escaping into the enviornment from their facilities. We urge everyone in the plastics industry to check out this program - it's free, it saves companies money, creates a safer workplace, helps avoid fines and helps to protect our waterways and ocean!
This year's WA Beach Clean-Up event held on October 15th and 16th saw over 5 tonnes of rubbish removed from more than 200 kilometres of Western Australian coastline. Clean-ups were conducted from the Kimberley right through to the South Coast, including the Rowley Shoals. Volunteers took part removing close to 100,000 pieces of marine debris and litter from our beaches. The final statistics will be released with the annual WA Beach Clean Up report early in 2017.
This year's long cold winter deterred many people from getting out onto the beaches, particularly on the Saturday when a big swell, high tides and strong winds didn't leave much beach to be cleaned up in certain areas. Fortunately, Sunday brought sunshine to lure all the keen and eager volunteers and as a result the clean-ups were well attended and large volumes of rubbish were removed from our beautiful coastline.
With Xmas around the corner don't forget to check out the TBF online Sea Store for the perfect gift! From t-shirts and hats, to plastic free alternatives like water bottles and bamboo hairbrushes, we've got something for everyone. Hot off the press is our 2017 Seabird Calendar from beautiful Lord Howe Island. Seabirds on this island are significantly impacted by plastic pollution, and this calendar hopes to raise the issue of their plight as well as give hints on reducing your plastic footprint. All proceeds from our Sea Store assist in AMDI activities, helping to improve the health of our marine environment.
We'd like to wrap up the last newsletter for the year by wishing everyone an amazing Christmas and New Year. Don't forget to keep an eye on our online calendar for events in 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the beach again soon!