ReefClean Mural at Causeway Lake a success – Fishing Tackle Litter reduced by 80%

Capricornia Catchments partnered with Tangaroa Blue through the ReefClean Program along with Livingstone Shire Council to engage local artists Martin Schlick from Mash Designs and emerging artist Rebecca Johnston to create educational murals for the Causeway Lake Buildings.

The murals aim at reducing fishing tackle pollution at Causeway Lake. With help from BirdLife Capricornia, these murals highlight the significant, rare, and sensitive wildlife that relies on the area and the impact litter and fishing tackle litter has on wildlife.

In conjunction with the artwork, several clean-ups in the area were undertaken to collect data and monitor the effectiveness of the mural on users’ litter behaviour.






Results show that there has been a significant reduction in litter and marine debris volume. Fishing tackle specific litter has reduced by 80% and general litter showed a major decrease of 49% overall.

Capricornia Catchments also received anecdotal feedback from community members saying that they have noticed a positive difference in the cleanliness of the Causeway Lake recreational area.

Overall successful results in reducing litter at the Causeway Lake recreational area through the combination of artwork, collaboration and community involvement. However, ongoing work is still needed in the area.

This project would not have been possible without the ongoing support from Livingstone Shire Council, the Regional Artist Development Fund, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and ReefClean.

ReefClean is funded by the Australian Governments Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

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.

We’re Hiring! Project Coordinator – Melbourne

Title: Project Coordinator
Location: Remotely from home, Melbourne. Part time

Tangaroa Blue Foundation (TBF) is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris: one of the major environmental issues worldwide. We do this by removing what’s already out there, stopping the flow of litter into the ocean and reducing the amount of waste produced.

The Project Coordinator role supports the Management team in the successful delivery of TBF projects, provides expertise and knowledge associated with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database data collection and entry and provides on the ground support, problem-solving and solutions.


About the role

No two days will be the same. One day you might be on the ground auditing litter traps throughout Melbourne, the next developing or reporting on source reduction projects.

Overall you will be responsible for supporting the organisation, delivery and reporting of project activities. You will need to effectively communicate activity status and submit all required documentation to TBF management for reporting and collaborate with project partners and volunteers to deliver activity outcomes in a respectful and professional manner.

This is a part-time role, working remotely from home.

About you

  • You have a keen interest in environmental stewardship, including minimising the impact of marine debris on marine and human life across fresh or saltwater country.
  • With at least 18 months of experience in project management, you are capable of supporting and delivering on-ground projects and coordinating volunteers.
  • You’re just as comfortable getting your hands dirty in the field as you are in the office.

Specifically, you have:

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificates;
  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check;
  • Computer literacy in the Google suite; and a dedicated home office (including laptop/PC and mobile phone);
  • A full drivers licence and car.

While not necessary, applicants with public speaking, data collection and reporting or knowledge of and experience in working with culturally diverse groups will be highly regarded.

How to apply:

Send your cover letter and CV to to apply.

Date published: 09-Nov-2021

Rig Recycle is Here!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation, as part of the ReefClean program, has launched the Rig Recycle project, enabling fishers to recycle their used, broken and unwanted tackle at participating Boating, Camping and Fishing (BCF) stores. The project aims to reduce the amount of recreational fishing gear going into landfill through a first-of-its kind initiative for the Australian recreational fishing industry.

Read more “Rig Recycle is Here!”

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