Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers

Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers around the country have been working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative since 2011.

With the Rangers' assistance vital information and data has been collected, and thousands of tonnes of marine debris has been removed from remote and significant sites across Australia.

Rangers also work with community members, local shire councils, junior rangers and school students on source reduction plans, recycling programs and clean-up events.

Many Ranger teams use CyberTracker software to collect data and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative has a CyberTracker sequence available to download here.

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First Load of Recycling Heading from Wadeye to Darwin!

Mary 2015 1The Thamarrurr Rangers who live in Wadeye, several hundred kilometres west of Darwin NT, have been working to collect, document and prevent marine debris and litter in their community as part of their work looking after country.

This year they have been instramental in creating a recycling project for the community to help reduce litter and divert recyclable items from local landfill.

This week the first load of recyclables has headed back to Darwin! Photo: Thamarrurr Ranger Mary at the recycling area.


Lama Lama Junior Rangers lead the way!

Lama Lama1On September 25, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation was invited by the Lama Lama Land & Sea Rangers to participate in a clean-up of One Mile beach located on the eastern side of Cape York, near Port Stewart. This was the second time this year that the two groups joined forces.

The team consisted of community volunteers of all ages, but I must say that the Junior Rangers had the largest and most influential impact. Their enthusiasm for the event was contagious. In fact, as soon as the Tangaroa team were spotted, there were immediate hugs and instant smiles; the kids remembered us, our past event with them, and they knew that it would be a fun Friday cleaning up their beach. Their energy and excitement gave all of us another reminder of why its so important to keep our environment clean and debris-free.


No rubbish on country with Thamarrurr Rangers

Art Wadeye 8Thamarrurr Rangers – “Rubbish” Art Competition August 2015.
Thamarrurr Rangers are part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, which is dedicated to cleaning rubbish along beaches and protecting the coastlines across Australia. Our Ranger group collects rubbish along beaches and in inlets to stop pollution entering the ocean and clean up beaches.


Source Reduction Plans in Wadeye

201506 WadeyeThe Thamarrurr Rangers are based in Wadeye, a remote community west of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Since 2014 they have set up 11 marine debris monitoring sites and reported their collections to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database as part of their on-ground work.

In May, Heidi from Tangaroa Blue visited Wadeye to help report the data collected by the Thamarrurr Rangers to the broader community, and to help use this data to create some local Source Reduction Plans that would prevent some of this marine debris from occuring in the first place.

A community meeting was held with Elders, Rangers, representatives from the Women's Centre, Council and the School attending and several projects created including the use of old fuel drums as garbage bins at outstation camping sites and the barge landing, continuation of marine debris monitoring sites and a community art competition using litter/marine debris as the material and inspiration for the art pieces. The art competition is planned to be run during the annual Wadeye Festival and we can't wait to see the pieces created!


Jabalbina Rangers Out on Sea Country

201502 JabalbinaOn the 17th to the 20th of February 2015 we were lucky enough to be able to work in some serious clean-up time within the bounds of our Jabalbina Seagrass Sea Country Grant. We chartered the M.V. Monsoon from Port Douglas up to the Bloomfield River where we worked with local rangers as well as crew and Traditional Owners from the My Pathways team.

Our goal was to do three major clean-ups in three days and what this crew achieved I think is phenomenal. Weary Bay, Hope Isles and the Southern half of Cedar Bay was cleaned up in this time and this time of year it was terribly hot and the motivation shown was wonderful.


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