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Garbage Guts

bigbookpic"Aria the Albatross and her seabird friends have a problem: They keep throwing up garbage. When she sets out on a long-distance flight across the Pacific Ocean to find out why, she meets other wildlife having trouble with trash. Monk Seal is trapped by a strapping band, Humpback Whale is hopelessly tangled in a ghost fishing net, and Sea Turtle is choking on a plastic bag he thought was a jellyfish.

Once-beautiful beaches, reefs and open oceans are littered by discarded fishing gear, disposable lighters, plastic bags and bottle caps, creating unimaginable hazards for the creatures that live there. As Aria learns, humans are both the cause - and the solution - to the ever-increasing problem of marine pollution."

Garbage Guts was inspired by Dr Heidi Auman's research on the effects of marine debris on Midway Atoll's Laysan albatross. Beautifully illustrated this book should be a staple in every school library around the world. Children are our future and we need them well armed.

For autographed copies of the book please contact Heidi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is Your Facial Scrub in the Good Scrub Guide?

FFIFauna & Flora International announces the release of the Good Scrub Guide Australia, a consumer guide to purchasing Australian facial scrub products that are free of microplastics.

Microplastics are the tiny coloured specks floating in many brands of facial exfoliator, shampoos, body scrubs and even toothpastes. This tiny particles are so small they are unable to be filtered by our sewage systems and pass through to the ocean where they become toxic marine debris. So small are they that animals mistake them for food, adsorbing their toxins and entering the food chain where they can potential impact humans.

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2014 AMDI Conference

AMDI2014The 2014 Australian Marine Debris Initiative Conference was held in Cairns from the 4th - 6th December. Tangaroa Blue crew members, volunteers, Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers, Government agencies and other partner organisations came together to network and review marine debris activities that had been taking place around the country during the year, and make a plan for 2015.

Partners were given the opportunity to present on the work that they are doing in relation to marine debris mitigation and how they are contributing to the bigger picture. A large part of the workshop was focused on Source Reduction Plans as a means of stopping debris from entering the marine system in the first place.

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Quizmaster Tours Australia to Combat Ocean Plastic!

Anthony QuizSurfer, quizmaster and plastics campaigner, Anthony Hill is touring Australia holding trivia nights for families in selected venues to raise awareness and funds to combat the growing problem of plastic debris in our oceans. The project is supported by Surfrider Foundation and now Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative are keen to align and lend a hand!!

Do you know your trivia? You can arrange a Family Trivia Night in your town or suburb just by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.- It's a family fun way of raising awareness for a serious environmental problem.

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Bubbles Flow for 10 Years of Tangaroa Blue!

Party Pic1On October 18, Tangaroa Blue Foundation held a fabulous party, with a spectacular lightning show as a backdrop, to celebrate 10 years of working hard to stop the flow of rubbish into the marine environment.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over these 10 years, many of whom helped us celebrate on Saturday night. A guest list of true diversity, representatives from Sea Shepherd Foundation; Ocean Watch; Keep Australia Beautiful Council; Surfrider Foundation; The Department of Defence; Coastwest; WA NRM and local government representatives as well as some of our fantastic volunteers from the community who regularly clean up our beaches and send in those vital data sheets, spent the evening networking and celebrating. 

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