We are excited to see the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database being used in this paper to explore how citizen science projects measuring beach plastic debris can support the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. The UN established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for sustainable development, including SDG 14, which aims to reduce marine pollution, specifically plastic debris. However, national data on plastic debris has been limited, despite citizen science projects collecting relevant information for SDG reporting.
Wuthathi Ngaachi (Country) and Karakara (Sea Country) is located in the area surrounding Shelburne Bay on the North Eastern coast of Cape York, about 800km north of Cairns.
It is a place full of incredible cultural significance and biodiversity, and the landscape absolutely takes your breath away. However, unfortunately the beaches are heavily impacted by marine debris from locations far and wide.
White spill: Life cycle assessment approach to managing marine EPS litter from flood-released pontoons
The South-east Queensland rains and Flooding Event of February–March 2022 was caused by prolonged, severe rains which caused fatalities, destruction of houses, businesses, and transportation systems and infrastructure, and led to the environmental catastrophe known as the “White Spill” event. Extreme volumes of marine debris flowed into open water across the Eastern Seaboard of Australia as flood waters began to drain from the inundated landmass. The force of the floodwaters dislodged and damaged infrastructure including marine pontoons from river systems and marinas.
We are so excited to have the Conflict Island Conservation Initiative as a partner in Project ReCon!
Project ReCon is a collaboration between Tangaroa Blue and Satlink, a world-leading provider of technological solutions for the fishing sector. Tangaroa Blue and our AMDI partners collect commercial fishing GPS buoys during clean-up events, and Satlink facilitates reassigning ownership of these buoys from the commercial fishing fleet to Tangaroa Blue. This partnership enables us to embark on an innovative journey to address the ghost net issue in our oceans.
We are so pleased to have you join the fun by registering your own site for the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.
If you’ve never organised a clean-up before, no need to worry! We offer comprehensive clean-up kits containing bags, sharps containers, necessary paperwork, and gloves. Additionally, we provide all the information you require to successfully conduct the clean-up and properly sort the data.
Please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.
If you’d like to register as a volunteer for an existing event, click here.