From the 5th-13th of September a crew of 13 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and 3 staff headed off to Somerset in Cape York to conduct a beach clean-up along the 5 Beaches Loop track. With a visit from the local school, the discovery of a dangerous silver canister and a visit to the northernmost tip of the continent, it was a trip packed with true adventure as well as hard work.
This October marks the start of our month-long series of events that focus on looking after our Reef. Tangaroa Blue Foundation, through the ReefClean Project, is calling on citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments, and all ocean lovers to participate in the GBR Clean-up. Six launch events will be held across the region on the following dates & locations:
- Alva Beach, Alva. Saturday, 3/10/2020
- Harbour Beach, Mackay, 3/10/2020
- Hinchinbrook Island, 8-11/10/2020
- Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon, 10/10/2020
- Moa Island, Torres Strait, 22-23/10/2020
- Innes Park, 24/10/2020
During our ReefClean Chilli Beach Clean-up in the Kutini-Payamu National Park in Cape York last month, we came across a drift card that indicated that it was from a Great Barrier Reef Marine Mark Authority (GBRMPA) and James Cook University (JCU) research project.
Minutes after we posted it on social media, followers indicated that it might be related to drift cards designed by Mr Walker and Dr Collins from JCU, and that it was possible the drift card was released 30-40 years ago.
Well, thanks to our friends at James Cook University and GBRMPA doing some digging around, we now have the answers!
‘Counting on change’
A poem by Renee Flis, Chilli Beach Volunteer, August 2020
A call to arms and we join the fight
gather our weapons and do what’s right
gloves! bags! water! sunscreen!
hurry up now! we’ve got a beach to clean!
It feels like folly
running this race we can’t win
ignorance is bliss
after it’s gone in the bin
From the 10th-18th of August a small crew of Tangaroa Blue volunteers and staff drove up to Chilli Beach, in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL), for our 9th annual clean-up at this site.
As always, we were joined by QPWS and Kuuku Ya’u Land Trust Rangers, Lockhart River State School students and teachers, members of the Queensland Border Force Weipa division and community members and campers. Every year we are so grateful for the support of the community and have a great time cleaning up the beach together! Read more “Chilli Beach 2020: Success!”