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Marine Debris

18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.

633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.

Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.

In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is the god of the ocean. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..." When, after a week-long clean-up event, the whales and dolphins come close to our beach and slap their flippers, we sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying "thank you".

Join us for the WA Marine Debris Project- Oct 14 & 15

WAMDP 18Join hundreds of volunteers across Western Australia, gathering to look after our beautiful coastlines, waterways and marine life.

Tangaroa Blue is calling on citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments and all ocean lovers to participate in the 2018 Marine Debris Project.

Formerly named the WA Beach Clean-up Event, our new name reflects the important role of data collection in the clean-up process.

The clean-up data you collect will help us track litter to its source and prevent it from entering the waste stream and harming our environment and marine life,

Step 1: Find a favourite beach, river or waterway that need's a clean-up and register your site 

Step 2: Enlist your friends and family to help for a few hours at your clean-up event sometime over the October 14-15 weekend.

Step 3: Await your clean-up and data record kit delivery and follow the advice to get your team ready for action!

Step 4: On the day, collect and audit marine debris, record data for upload later or use the new AMDI data app to record directly into Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Database

Register now!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation would like to thank Keep Australia Beautiful WA, Department of Parks and Wildlife and local government authorities around the state, as well as our corporate partners Two Fins, Wodup and Savvy Jerky plus all the amazing volunteers for their ongoing support on this annual event.

#msnobutts campaign outfits

suit pic 330x225The Victorian Litter Innovation Fund (the Fund) provides support for the Victorian community, including government, business, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and schools, to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.

As part of this funding the City of Dandengong introduced the #msnobutts brings fresh attitude to the cigarette butt litter campaign.

To read the full case study please visit this link.

Tangaroa Blue is Hiring a Project Officer!


Tangaroa Blue LogoTangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-registered charity focused on the health of our marine environment and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

Since the program started in 2004, more than 11 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline and data on this debris collated and inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database. AMDI is the most comprehensive marine debris database in Australia, and one of the biggest in the world.

We need a project officer to help get the most out of this invaluable data resource. We see the proposed role being a critical, unique link between our database management team, the communities and partners that submit data, our research partners and government partners to help guide the creation, implementation and recording of source reduction plans as they are developed. This will result in less marine debris and plastic pollution flowing into our oceans.

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is partnering with Tangaroa Blue Foundation to fund this position aimed at getting the most impact out of this invaluable data.  The joint initiative, launched during Keep Australia Beautiful Week, will provide a critical link between the communities that submit data, and research and industry partners to help guide the creation, implementation and monitoring of debris source reduction plans.

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AMDI App Launch!!

appTangaroa Blue Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) App to provide a platform for citizen scientists and AMDI partners to contribute data from their clean-up activities to the AMDI Database. This data enables the tracking of marine debris and litter items back to the source, so that source reduction plans can be implemented to stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans.

The app will be launched Tuesday 19 June at Black Head Surf Life Saving Club in NSW, and will be supported by three short training events for interested volunteers at Speers Point, Stockton and Forster from June 17-20. Anyone keen to register to attend the launch or one of the training sessions is invited to sign up via the Hunter Local Land Services events page: https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/events

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Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!

  • Number of clean-up sites: 2 755
  • Number of volunteers: 114 229
  • Number of tonnes removed: 956 tonnes
  • Number of items removed: 11 313 015 items
  • Number of volunteer hours: 288 508 hours
  • Number of clean-ups: 12 478