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ReefBlitz 2018

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A total of 10 coastal and waterway clean-up events ran from October 12th to November 10th around the Townsville area as part of the 2018 ReefBlitz!

Events took place at Aplin’s Weir, Apex Park and Southern Port Road along the Ross River as well as Shelly Cove, Rowe’s Bay and Pallarenda Beach, Balgal Beach just north of the city, plus Nelly, Alma, Geoffrey, Florence and Horseshoe Bays over at Magnetic Island.

Across these sites, collaboration amongst partners and the local community engaged 130 participants that recovered a total of 280 kilograms of discarded litter and marine debris over just 5 days from Townsville’s and Magnetic Island’s coastline, helping protect local marine habitats and nursery grounds of the green sea turtle population, the rare dugong, shark species and migrating whales.

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Source Reduction Plans in Victoria

Bayside re sizedThis month we have concluded all our source reduction plan workshops in Victoria! The workshops were funded by the Port Phillip Bay Fund to support the new Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan, in particular the goals that target litter reduction.

Source reduction plan workshops have now been delivered in all bay-side municipalities, spanning the entire circumference of Port Phillip Bay, plus the City of Melbourne and the City of Greater Dandenong. Community members and groups who attended the latest workshops implemented their source reduction plans in a variety of ways to reduce plastic pollution in their local area:

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Container Refunds to Tangaroa Blue!

Facebook tile with scheme IDAs you may be aware, the Container Refund Scheme is now in effect in Queensland and TBF is accepting your donations.

There are several methods of turning in recyclables:  Reverse Vending Machines (RVM’s), Drop off points, Over-the-counter depots and Commercial depots (for very large amounts).

If you are turning in bottles to benefit TBF, you must quote our scheme ID: C10033976.  

For locations and more information, visit: www.containersforchange.com.au.

$5 million to tackle marine debris across the GBR

201408 Woody2Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Conservation Volunteers Australia are excited to announce that we have been engaged by the Australian Government to deliver a $5 million program of local actions to clean-up and prevent litter from entering Great Barrier Reef waterways over the next five years.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris. In 2004, Tangaroa Blue Foundation established the Australian Marine Debris Initiative which has a network of over 1,000 partners, engaging over 120,000 volunteers and removing more than 1,000 tonnes of litter from Australia’s marine environment.

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AMDI App User Video

With the launch of the new Australian Marine Debris Initiative data collection app (available on both Android and Apple), we've just created a short how-to-video to help you navigate your way through the data collection process! If you have any questions about the app just send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A big thanks to Jarrod & Craig from Streamline Media for producing our video, and Brett from We-Refill for the voiceover along with funding from the Morris Foundation to help produce the video.

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

  • Number of clean-up sites: 2,839
  • Number of volunteers: 123,492
  • Number of tonnes removed: 1,025 tonnes
  • Number of items removed: 12,346,128 items
  • Number of volunteer hours: 315,222 hours
  • Number of clean-ups: 13,513