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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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Renewed warning – Toxic Canisters wash up in North QLD

20121025 CanisterThe Queensland Police Service is urging beach goers to avoid handling silver canisters washed up on beaches and to immediately call Triple Zero (000) to report them to authorities.

Since October 2012, a number of canisters similar to that pictured have washed up on beaches along the entire east coast of Australia from Thursday Island to the north and Tasmania to the south.

The most recent incident was today, with a member of the public handing in a canister containing Aluminium Phosphide to the Smithfield Police Station.

The canisters are described as being approximately 30 cm high and 15 cm in diameter and contain Aluminium Phosphide, which could be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

Aluminium Phosphide is a colourless, flammable and toxic gas. Mild exposure by inhalation causes indefinite feeling of sickness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, nausea and pressure in the chest which is relieved by getting away from the gas and getting fresh air.

The chemical, when exposed to air or moisture, can generate the highly toxic phosphine gas that could also self ignite in the right conditions. It is not known where these canisters originate from.

If you locate one of these canisters, or any similar type of container, leave the canister where it is and do not attempt to move it.

Police urge you to call Triple Zero '000' immediately to report the discovery to trained QFES Hazchem officers. Do not attempt to move or open these canisters.