Media Releases

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.


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!


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.


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.


SUP around Sydney Basin!

SUPExploreAnnouncing after a year of planning SupExplore Sydney, Adventure Concept Paddle # 4. The circumnavigation of the Sydney basin. In a world first adventure Stuart Murray plans to Stand Up Paddle 350km and portage 50km in a two week period commencing March 2nd. He is inviting people to support him in this ground breaking paddle where he will be supporting Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative!!

Sponsor Stuart by donating to Tangaroa Blue Foundation - all donations over $2 are tax deductible!





UPDATE 11/03/2014 - Day 10 - 30km. Ease out the blisters and aching legs. Kool sharing and meeting the great kids from Chipping Norton public school. Great to have the company of Shane from Sandy point for entire paddle and Sherifa for a few km. Enjoyed training with the Army marine. Tonight I get to share the SupExplore Sydney and Tangaroa Blue story with the Botany Bay SUP Club.