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Cleaning up Beaches around Orpheus & Fantome Islands

201809 Orpheus1Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a team of 17 ambitious individuals set out from Lucinda towards Orpheus Island National Park with a mission to relieve sections of the windward stretch of coast from the burden of discarded and forgotten marine debris. Staying at the Orpheus Island Research Station from the 28th of September to the 1st of October 2018, the crew split up into groups to cover more coastline over the two days, accessing some sites by hiking trails or via water with Queensland Parks and Wildlife’s barge, the “Island Ranger”.

The group successfully cleared a total of 3.5 kilometers of coastline from 711kgs of marine debris that translates to a volume of 10,970 liters, where more than 80% of the haul was plastic!!

The year 2018 has hosted two Orpheus Island clean-up events where Tangaroa Blue has been able to collaborate with partners in the expansion of clean-up sites around the Goolboddi Islands. This past weekend the team targeted their existing sites at Pioneer, Fig Tree and Big Rock bays, in addition to two new sites at South Beach and Picnic Bay on Orpheus. They were also able to stretch out and step foot on the northern beach of Fantome Island for the first time, removing 210kgs of mostly light-weight plastics such as drink bottles and foam! Across just 600 meters, the team loaded up 4,200 liters from Fantome onto the Island Ranger for transportation to mainland for proper disposal.

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Port Douglas Trivia Night a Huge Success

Trivia NightOur Trivia Night at the Central Hotel in Port Douglas on August 15th was a huge success. Kstar Trivia hosted the event to help raise $2100, including a $500 donation from the Central Hotel, which will help support both Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Plastic Free Douglas.

These funds help us continue our work removing and preventing marine debris and plastic pollution. Many thanks to the individuals who helped to organise, and to the Port Douglas community for supporting the event both by attending on the night, and through donations of prizes from local businesses - we really appreciate your support!. 

Cape York Clean-up Tour

CY1Written by Vanessa Carey, Tangaroa Blue Project Officer and Event Coordinator

Cape York is the peninsula of far north Queensland and is the largest unspoiled environment in northern Australia.  It’s filled with remote beaches, diverse landscape and endemic wildlife, with stunning sunsets and sunrises, and an endless turquoise ocean to gaze out upon.

Desipte the area's beauty, these remote beaches are hotspots for tonnages of marine debris washing in from our own own country and others. Eight years ago, Tangaroa Blue Foundation initiated the Cape York Clean-Up Tour, covering both the east and west coast of the peninsula, involving volunteers, partners and traditional owners.

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2018 back at remote Captain Billy's Landing

2018 Captain BillysCaptain Billy's Landing is some 200 km south of Cape York or "Pajinka" (its Aboriginal name). Both are found on the large Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. This is a remote area connected by corrugated dirt roads whose condition can vary day to day, and increasing sections of tarmac, especially on the Peninsula Development Road. The actual camp site used by the volunteers is on the eastern extremity of the the Heathlands Resources Reserve directly on the coast.

This is a beautiful location for camping, but also very remote. The only communication available is via satellite phone. It is this remoteness which helps protect the fauna and flora from too much human damage. There is an exception, and that is marine debris. Remote areas like these cannot be protected from marine debris, and sadly a lot washes up here.

Leaving from Port Douglas on 6th June 2018, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation volunteers travelled via Split Rock and and an overnight camp at Musgrave Roadhouse before finally arriving 2 days later at Captain Billy's Landing. This is where marine debris would be collected off the beach, sorted, counted, and finally added to the Australian Marine Debris Database.

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Mapoon Beach Clean-up

2018 MapoonCape York is the peninsula of far north Queensland and is the largest unspoiled environment in northern Australia. It’s filled with remote beaches, diverse landscape and endemic wildlife, with stunning sunsets and sunrises, and an endless turquoise ocean to gaze out upon.

Despite the area’s beauty, the remote beaches are unfortunately hotspots for tonnes of marine debris washing in with the currents, winds and tides, from our own country and others. Eight years ago, Tangaroa Blue Foundation initiated the Cape York Clean-up Tour, covering both the east and west coast of the peninsula, involving a group of volunteers, partners and Traditional Owners.

From July 14th to 22nd 2018, the Tangaroa Blue team spent a total of four days driving on the corrugated roads passing through Lakefield National Park and making the tourist stops at Split Rock, lookouts, roadhouses and small communities to reach their destination. Over the five days at Mapoon Beach, the team of 13 set up camp at Cullen Point where the clean-up began with the group working southbound onto Mapoon Back Beach covering a distance of 5.4 kilometres.

An additional 9 participants camped at the south end at Janie Creek, putting 11km of beach between us and worked northbound for 2.8 kilometres. Mapoon is a tough beach, it’s 11 kilometres long and 500 metres wide, the marine debris spreads across the width of it, and it gets quite hot, also making the sand very soft to walk on.

Despite the conditions the amazing crew were still able to cover 8.2 kilometres, only missing a 3-kilometre patch, which marks the starting point for 2019’s clean-up crew, and separates the data sets for Mapoon Back Beach and Janie Creek in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.

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