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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Alligator Creek 2017

201706 HopevaleThree Tangaroa Blue crew camped at Alligator Creek over 3 days in late June for a beach clean-up and data collection activity with the HopeVale Indigenous Rangers and HopeVale School. On the first day, the team collected just over 50kgs of marine debris in two hours. On the second day 108kgs was removed in the morning, and when the team was joined by 11 students from HopeVale School, who in their cleaning frenzy, added another 35kg of marine debris from their local beach.

Through our observations and discussions, we established that the source of a lot of this collected rubbish was from the adjacent campsite, so the students did a big clean up of the area, and collected a further 76kg of rubbish that could have potentially found its way to the nearby ocean! Well done to the HopeVale students for taking a proactive action towards stopping marine debris from occurring in the first place!

At the end of our visit, we sorted through what could be recycled, and successfully diverted 1 cubic metre of plastic, half a cubic metre of rope and half a cubic metre of aluminum cans from land fill. Another success for AMDI in Cape York!

Thanks to the Hopevale Shire Council, Hopevale Congress Rangers and Hopevale School students for their help on the beach. Also thanks to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Indigenous Partnerships for their support.

5th Annual Archer Point Clean-up

YBMIn a great display of community spirit, Yuku Baja Muliku recently joined forces with environmental marine charity Tangaroa Blue for the 5th annual Archer Point beach clean-up.

More than 40 volunteers, many of them Yuku Baja Muliku junior rangers and Cooktown locals, scoured the coastline for eight hours, picking up a vast array of marine debris before painstakingly categorising, counting and logging each item.

This tremendous effort is reinforced by some alarming numbers, with Tangaroa Blue data reporting that the day’s efforts netted approximately fourteen and a half thousand pieces of collected rubbish, including 2300 bottle caps and a staggering 900 rubber thongs.

All up, more than 500 kilograms of trash was removed from Archer Point beach.


Napranum Clean-up!

2016 NapranumReport by Napranum Ranger Ebony Doyle.

On Friday 30th of September and Saturday the 1st of October the Napranum rangers, with the help of the Napranum Aboriginal Council and Tangaroa Blue, an Australian non-profit charity for the wellbeing of our oceans, organised a community clean-up in Napranum along the foreshore between 9am and 11:30am.

On Friday a total of 12 people pitched in, the most collected item was fishing line, with a total of 1100m of line removed from around the local boat ramp. On Saturday 8 people pitched in on cleaning up Napranum’s foreshore & the most collected item was aluminum cans with a total of over 2000 cans counted!

Days of cleaning up rubbish are good deeds but it’s important to not only care for our community by not trashing it by leaving behind our waste, but to look at the bigger picture and respect our planet, the lives of the people in countries our rubbish may wash up on, and the lives of other species, particularly in this case the marine life who value the life they live and deserve to be respected, Also do you want to be eating fish who eat rubbish?

Junior Rangers Looking After Country

201608 BundabergGidarjil Ranger Des, introduced the Gidarjil Junior Rangers to the issue of marine debris and plastic pollution at Burnett Heads Park Foreshore in August. 

The Junior Rangers analysed the litter they found along the beach, and discussed what would happen to local wildlife if they interacted with it, and ways that they could prevent litter from occurring. Great to see the next generation getting out on Country and learning how to look after it! 

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