This October, our 5th Great Barrier Reef Clean-Up took place, with the Tangaroa Blue team, stakeholder and partner groups, and local community members banding together to clean-up the Great Barrier Reef coastline. There were a variety of clean-ups run, from multi-day clean-up events up in the Torres Strait to community-led events at local waterways, all focusing on removing marine debris and collecting important data to add to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.
Join ReefClean’s Great Barrier Reef Clean-up (GBRCU)!
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 citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments and ocean lovers to participate in the 2023 Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.
We are excited to see the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database being used in this paper to explore how citizen science projects measuring beach plastic debris can support the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. The UN established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for sustainable development, including SDG 14, which aims to reduce marine pollution, specifically plastic debris. However, national data on plastic debris has been limited, despite citizen science projects collecting relevant information for SDG reporting.
Wuthathi Ngaachi (Country) and Karakara (Sea Country) is located in the area surrounding Shelburne Bay on the North Eastern coast of Cape York, about 800km north of Cairns.
It is a place full of incredible cultural significance and biodiversity, and the landscape absolutely takes your breath away. However, unfortunately the beaches are heavily impacted by marine debris from locations far and wide.
We are so pleased to have you join the fun by registering your own site for the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.
If you’ve never organised a clean-up before, no need to worry! We offer comprehensive clean-up kits containing bags, sharps containers, necessary paperwork, and gloves. Additionally, we provide all the information you require to successfully conduct the clean-up and properly sort the data.
Please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.
If you’d like to register as a volunteer for an existing event, click here.