Join ReefClean’s 2021 Great Barrier Reef Clean-up!

Join ReefClean’s Great Barrier Reef Clean-up!

Are you a citizen scientist who is concerned about the health of the Great Barrier Reef? Maybe a school or community group who would like to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef? Or are you a  member of the local government, and would like to lead by example by becoming actively involved in contributing to the overall health of one of the most biologically diverse environments on this planet? Well then continue reading!

This October marks the start of our month-long series of events that focus on looking after our Reef. Tangaroa Blue Foundation, through the ReefClean Project is calling all ocean lovers to participate in the Great Barrier Reef Clean-Up. A number of flagship events will be held over the course of the month in the following locations:

  • Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Region. Saturday, 2/10/2021, 8.30am-12pm. More info
  • Pallarenda Beach, Townsville, Friday, 1/10/2021, 9am-2pm. More info
  • Farnborough – Bangalee Beach, Yeppoon. Saturday, 2/10/2021, 9am-1pm. More info
  • Conway Beach, Whitsundays. Saturday, 2/10/2021, 1-5pm. More info
  • Innes Park, Bundaberg. Saturday, 23/10/2021, 8.30am-12pm. More info
  • Ross Creek, Townsville. Saturday 16/10/2021, 8am-12pm. More info

 To volunteer at a Flagship location, please click here.

This coming October will be our third year coordinating the Great Barrier Reef Clean-Up month! Ocean lovers from all over the GBR have generously contributed just over 9,000 hours of their time which has resulted in just under 14 tonnes of debris removed during the previous GBRCU events in October.

The Great Barrier Reef Clean-Up is not limited to these flagship events, so make sure you monitor our events for more opportunities to get involved! The program also invites groups to adopt and register their own coastal or waterway sites to be cleaned throughout the month, so if you know of a site in your area that needs attention, we encourage you to register that site and get a group together.

Click here to register your own site.

ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with AUSMAP, Capricornia Catchments, Eco Barge Clean Seas, OceanWatch Australia, Reef Check Australia, and South Cape York Catchments.

Join the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up today!

Calling all Volunteers!

If you’ve volunteered with us before or are interested in joining us at future events, we invite you to register on our Volunteer Database. This Database will help us connect you to events happening in your region. Join the Database.

If you’d love to help out but can’t join a clean-up, did you know we also have a Professional Volunteer program? There is always administrative work to do and since Tangaroa Blue Foundation works nationwide we are always keen to involve more people that have expert skills – financial, legal, marketing, business, presenters, or coordinators. Note that these activities are volunteer positions only. Click here to find out more about this program. Once you fill in and submit the expression of interest form, and we’ll be in touch to let you know what we are currently working on and where we need assistance.

Thank you for your support!

Chopper lands litter haul

A helicopter survey from Cooktown to Cape York reveals the extent and variety of plastic pollution along the coastline.

2,882 plastic floats, 211 ghost nets, 147 long line beacons, and 234 fish attracting devices are among thousands of items of plastic pollution revealed by the latest Tangaroa Blue aerial survey of the coastline from Cooktown to the tip of Cape York as part of the ReefClean program.

The fourth annual aerial audit of marine debris is supported by the Morris Family Foundation through GBR Helicopters and saw two staff board an R44 helicopter to scan 810 kilometers of remote coastline to help identify areas for future clean-ups.

“In what should be a pristine coastline along the Great Barrier Reef, it’s heartbreaking to take to the sky and see massive pockets of plastic pollution littering the tide lines of these remote beaches,” says Tangaroa Blue CEO Heidi Tait.

“But without an aerial survey like this, the changing levels of marine debris in these largely inaccessible areas would go unreported and critical habitat would be left to drown in plastic.”
Tangaroa Blue’s helicopter survey provides information to land and sea management organisations such as Traditional Owner Groups, Land and Sea Rangers, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Australian Quarantine Service and Australian Border Force.

“Although fishing litter dominates the catch, there is still a wide variety of debris on the beaches. From kids toys and household items to food packaging, plastic drinking bottles and
resin pellets, unfortunately, the tide of single-use waste keeps rising,” says Tait.

The latest findings come in the wake of the Federal Government’s National Plastics Plan announced in March, which attempted to outline a strategy for addressing the country’s burgeoning plastic waste problem.

“While it’s encouraging that governments are starting to tackle single-use plastics, the sad fact is there are no plans or policies to deal with the debris we’re finding along these remote
coastlines. We can’t afford to wait decades more before ocean plastics are incorporated into the National Plastics Plan,” Tait says.

The good news is that the helicopter survey also revealed the great work being done by the extensive network of volunteers who venture out to remote areas to participate in clean-ups
and log items in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.

According to Tangaroa Blue AMDI Project Officer, Mathilde Gordon, flying over this incredible coastline and seeing the positive impact the Foundation has had was awesome.
“Knowing that just last week we took out a group of volunteers up to Captain Billy Landing and picked up 2.1 tonnes from the beach is so empowering. You could see the massive improvement in the health of the beaches in comparison to the surrounding coastline. It shows that investment in clean-ups at strategic sites is important in maintaining the conservation and cultural value of these places,” says Gordon.

ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

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