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ReefClean Comes to Life

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Last year Tangaroa Blue Foundation joined forces with several of our AMDI partners to successfully apply for an Australian Government tender to remove and prevent marine debris along the Great Barrier Reef over the next five years.

We've been working with our partners to organise all the different components of this project, which has now been nameed 'ReefClean'.

ReefClean events have kicked off from Cape York to Bundaberg, and include clean-up activities, data collection, education and awareness presentations and displays, school activities, source reduction workshops and projects all focused on reducing the impact of marine debris on the Great Barrier Reef.

To view our upcoming events visit the ReefClean Facebook page.

ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government's Reef Trust with support from Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Reef Check Australia, OceanWatch Australia, Ocean Crusaders, Eco Barge Clean Seas, AUSMAP, South Cape York Catchments, Capricornia Catchments and Think Spatial.

 

Join A 2019 Cape York Event!

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Every year Tangaroa Blue and groups of ambitious volunteers explore the Cape York region, visiting five different locations with the mission to remove tonnes of marine debris washing up on these remote coastal hotspots. Those who join us on these Adventure Clean-ups get to experience a region that many will never see and enjoy one of Australia’s last true wilderness areas. Volunteers will also witness for themselves the devastating effects of plastic, not only on our country but our oceans and marine life. The data collected has shown reductions in tonnage over the years, but the problem persists and seeing such a beautiful and remote part of the country riddled in unnatural items is heartbreaking.

Check out last year’s story and results here.

 

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Help Strengthen QLD's Biodiversity

Marine PestsTangaroa Blue Foundation is assisting QLD's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by providing information on marine pests found during our beach clean-up events and we encourage our QLD volunteers and partners to also get involved. 

Completing a simple survey could play an important part in strengthening Queenslander’s marine pest biosecurity. That is why Biosecurity Queensland are asking anyone who works or enjoys time in Queensland’s magnificent marine environment to complete the online survey which is open until 29 March 2019.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/823NMW6 

Media release: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/3/11/help-strengthen-queenslands-marine-pest-biosecurity 

Biosecurity Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/biosecurityqld/

Pictured: Asian green mussel; Harris mud crabs; Japanese seaweed.

Container Deposit Scheme

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As 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.

Great Barrier Reef Tender

201304 SurfriderTangaroa 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.

Heidi Taylor, CEO and founder of Tangaroa Blue Foundation states, “We are excited that this funding from the Australian Government will enable us, together with our local AMDI partners, to develop and implement a strategic plan over the next five years to tackle marine debris across the Reef and to address the increasing threat it represents to this natural icon.”

As Australia’s largest environmental volunteer engagement organisation, Conservation Volunteers Australia will work in close collaboration with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a range of local project partners to build on existing efforts to clean up the Reef.

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