The Results Are In!!

The Tangaroa Blue team are proud to share the results of the 2023 WA Beach Clean-Up in our annual event report which features case studies from each of the participating NRM Regions as well as some interesting statistics from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.

Over 1400 volunteers from 50 organisations removed an incredible 3.5 tonnes of marine debris and litter from the West Australian coastline, working collectively to protect the precious and unique marine life that calls WA home. The 2023 event saw increased clean-ups, engagement and stakeholder collaboration in the South Coast region and some incredible support from long-term participants such as Perth NRM, Coastal Waste Warriors, Prevelly Penguins and Friends of the Cape to Cape Track.

We would like to send out a big blue thank-you to our ongoing sponsors Keep Australia Beautiful WA and TallWood Custom Built Homes and a big welcome to our newest sponsors, Southern Ports Authority and GHD. This event would not be possible without your support!

You can download the 2023 WA Beach Clean-up Report here.

2024 marks the 20th Anniversary of this statewide event and we want it to be our biggest WABCU yet. The WA team look forward to celebrating with you all and sharing flagship event details in upcoming communications. This years WABCU will run from 11th-14th October and registrations will open soon!

Photo: Friends of the Cape to Cape Track hiking down to Kabbingup, South West WA

Global Plastic Pollution Agreement: A historic moment

Did anyone else get a little emotional watching the video as the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) reached a resolution to create an intergovernmental committee to negotiate and finalise a global treaty on the plastics crisis by 2024? More than 100 countries attended the UNEA summit- either in person or virtually in Nairobi, Kenya.

The United Nations have described this landmark announcement as “the most significant green deal since the 2015 Paris climate agreement” and have also stated the need for the agreement to have “clear provisions that are legally binding”

Read more “Global Plastic Pollution Agreement: A historic moment”

Tackling Fishing Waste With New Rig Recycle Bins

The Rig Recycle concept was developed by Tangaroa Blue Foundation and is an initiative of ReefClean. It was developed to help overcome issues such as pollution from discarded fishing gear, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

In an Australian first, it is now possible to recycle your unwanted fishing tackle at all Queensland BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing stores through a new recycling pilot.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited  launched the program together with BCF who are opening their doors for recreational fishers to bring in their old, unwanted or recovered fishing tackle and dispose of it in purpose-built Rig Recycle bins.

Read more “Tackling Fishing Waste With New Rig Recycle Bins”

Rubber Crumb Loss from GBR Play Areas

Many play areas have soft fall surfaces made of recycled rubber tyres applied as small pieces of crumb (1-5 mm in size). The use of rubber crumb in playgrounds and synthetic sports fields has been around for over a decade, although there has been a recent increase in investment in this product to try and deal with the more than 48 million tyres reaching end of life every year in Australia.

Rubber crumb and the chemicals associated with these (e.g. metals, PAHs, tyre anti degradants), however, have been found in international studies to leach into waterways and cause harm to aquatic life. Limited information exists on the potential loss and impacts associated with local sites and with the Great Barrier Reef considered a sensitive ecosystem, a focus on this region was considered a priority.

As part of the ReefClean project, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and AUSMAP developed a source reduction plan to quantify the amount of rubber crumb escaping from playground surfaces, and work with councils to identify ways to reduce the loss of rubber crumb into the Great Barrier Reef.

The full report is available here.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is recruiting for our Board!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation seeks to inspire, catalyse and empower action to remove and prevent waste from entering the marine environment. We’re looking for a new member to join our dynamic board. Skills and experience in the areas of IT, risk management and governance in the not-for-profit sector are particularly needed.

Successful applicants will add to the balance, skills and experience of the existing board members. The board currently consists of six directors who meets monthly via Zoom. The board provides strategic guidance and oversight of the management of the organisation and legal responsibilities.

This is a volunteer position for a three-year term and suits someone passionate about making a positive difference.  If you’d like to find out more please email board chair Sioux Campbell.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd (TBF) is registered as a large charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Nomination forms are available from and applications must be received by COB 8 October 2021.

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