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2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival!

Cuff callforentries TangaroaThe Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition for the 2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival is now open for entries with a massive prize pool worth over $70,000.

This year we have a new video category and will be raising money for local marine charities: the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation, the Minke Whale Project and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

The competition is running over the next three months leading up to the festival, with entries for the film competition closing on the 12th July, whilst the photo competition closes on the 23rd July. Festival organisers are now calling on local underwater photographers and filmmakers to get their entries ready.

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Source Reduction Plans Stopping Debris

201404 Cape BedfordAfter many years and long hours by tens of thousands of volunteers and partners collecting debris and data from over 1080 beaches, we are seeing many positive changes resulting from all our efforts. We can now show the importance of our Source Reduction Plans (SRPs) in creating changes that will improve the long term health of the enviroment.

The framework of the SRPs can be used on local, state and national levels to create strategies that stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans. With an estimated 80% of debris coming from land sources, this is where we need to put our focus on stopping debris entering the environment in the first place.

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World First Stand Up Paddle Around Sydney Basin

Stuart Murray SUP Sydney ExploreStuart Murray (50), 9 x New Zealand and Australian Stand Up Paddle Champion and marine conservationist in March completed a world first, by stand up paddling around the entire Sydney Basin.

The event was to show the connection between marine debris in our oceans and pollution in our rivers and creeks, and communities from as far inland as Windsor joined in for a stand-up paddle clean-up when Stuart arrived in town!

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Banda waste program - PARNEK, Environment Matters

Magga7Recently my partner and I journeyed to the Banda Islands. A very remote part of Indonesia, better known as the Spice Islands. The Bandas used to be famed as the only place in the world to acquire Nutmeg and Cloves. Now thanks to colonialism nutmeg and cloves are grown in other parts of the world and the Bandas are mostly quiet. The guide book listed these Islands as having pristine waters and perfect snorkelling conditions, just what we avid flipper junkies were after.

We arrived and checked into a guesthouse located on the shores of Banda Neira, with its own jetty close to the public wharf, and a view of Gunung Api - a conically classic volcano. Ecstatic at having at last arrived in this piece of paradise, we leaned over the planks to gaze into the reputed crystal clear water. And it was, so clear that along with the brightly coloured reef fish, you could pick every piece of rubbish out.

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Strengthening our borders through greater collaboration

Heidi Taylor and Colin Hunter signing MoUA new agreement signed in Canberra in February this year, will ultimately benefit Australia’s environment and agricultural industries through improved awareness of the biosecurity risks carried by our surrounding waters.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Agriculture and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, an organisation focussed on the remedy of marine debris issues with over 25,000 volunteers around the country, formalises a long-standing partnership between the two organisations.

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