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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".

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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Passage Adventures: Paddling for a Cleaner Ocean

L M PassageIt's the Final Countdown! Australians Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon have been kayaking since May from Juneau, Alaska to Vancouver Island, Canada. For Lucy, having done various multi-day paddles before, kayaking the Inside Passage has been a life-long dream. For Mathilde, who has had little kayaking experience, this is an exciting leap out of her comfort zone. The girls want to experience new places, take on the elements, connect with nature, challenge themselves and have fun!

They have used the 3-month-long paddle to raise awareness of marine debris issues, fundraise for those fighting for ocean protection and conservation and inspire others. The girls have both been living single-use plastic free since the beginning of 2016, and took their plastic free challenge to the next level by also paddling the Inside Passage single-use plastic free.

They have just 6 days left of paddling, planning to arrive at their finish point on August 4th. Help them hit the $20,000 mark before their boats hit the last shore after more than 2000km of kayaking! All proceeds go to Tangaroa Blue and Living Oceans Society, to run more beach clean-ups and use data collected to tackle marine debris and stop it at the source.

Donate here! --> https://chuffed.org/project/paddling-for-a-cleaner-ocean

Thanks to the trip sponsors Lupii Cafe, Kokatat, Werner Paddles, Boreal Design, Aquapac - 100% waterproof protection, Lunette Australia, She Flies and WindPaddle.

Heidi Taylor “18 Most Influential”

201807 OGIn the latest issue of Ocean Geographic Magazine, Founder and CEO of Tangaroa Blue Foundation and AMDI, Heidi Taylor, has been chosen as one of the 18 Most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation. The candidates were nominated and selected based on their influence, their effectiveness, and their conservation spirit.

“Conservation is a labour of love; a constant, arduous battle with successes that are few and far between. It is challenging and demanding... It is thus not surprising that many of the successful and influential conservationists are women — they tend to persevere through obstinate challenges, they are persuasive and demonstrate dogmatic passion in their cause.

Through her 14-year career, Heidi’s work has helped to log over 10 million items in the Australian Marine Debris Database, create over 100 Source Reduction Plans, and provided a platform for communities, schools, industries, government agencies and individuals focused on reducing the amount of marine debris washing into our oceans.

Ocean Geographic’s editor Evonne Ong states that articles such as these are important: “For not only do they highlight women scaling new heights and transforming the world, they show future generations what is possible.” Says Taylor, “I am honoured to have been chosen, and give full respect to all those women featured in the issue, along with all those who continually fight for our oceans. It must have been difficult to select among so many amazing women around the world.”
More information on the article can be found on their website: http://www.ogsociety.org/

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