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Winter 2019

Welcome to the winter edition of our newsletter. As the weather cools down, Tangaroa Blue Foundation is heating up with several remote clean-ups kicking off this month in Far North Queensland and in the Indian Ocean Territories, off of WA. Let’s jump in…

ReefClean in Full Swing

Activities are full speed ahead in the Great Barrier Reef region with the purpose of protecting and preserving this natural wonder. Tangaroa Blue Foundation has put together an ambitious suite of services that, with help from our many AMDI partners, aims to reduce marine debris, raise awareness, identify the sources of debris, and drive behaviour change. Read more…

Detailing Data Entries

The AMDI Database is an extensive platform which, as of May 2019, contains over 13.5 million recorded items. At the clean-up level, each of these debris items are sorted and counted, then uploaded onto the Database in their item groups. For example, the “Straws, confection sticks, cups, plates & cutlery items” group. These items are grouped together as they are all food-related, but as this is a broad category, there’s great potential for the user to add more detail.

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Stars Shine a Light on Marine Debris

In April, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and We-Refill joined together for a beach clean-up during BluesFest, one of Australia’s longest running and largest music festivals. The clean-up event was part of the global launch of the #BYOBottle campaign, and they had a little help from their friends. While bands were playing and festival goers were reveling, a few stars took some time out to join a crew of volunteers to give back. Read More…

WAMDP 2018 Report Released

Last October, citizen scientists, schools and other community groups were called on to get involved in the 2018 WA Marine Debris Project. It was a fantastic event, with 125 sites registered, including beaches, estuaries and coastal areas, covering 161 km of coast. Hundreds of volunteers spent over 2,500 volunteer hours, removing a total of 5,114 kg of debris from our environment, auditing the items and entering the data into the AMDI Database.
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ReefClean Unearths Toxic Hazards

Tangaroa Blue Foundation, through their ReefClean project, has unearthed several hazards in their most recent monitoring survey of marine debris impacting the Great Barrier Reef region.

Two unmarked silver canisters were found washed ashore northern Cape York beaches. These are filled with aluminium phosphide, a toxic combination of chemicals that are fatal to ingest or inhale, used in fumigation aboard ships. Officials urge locals not to touch these canisters, stand upwind to avoid possible inhalation, and to phone 000 immediately if any are found. Read more…

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