Ship pollution and marine debris on Thursday Island

From 17-19 August 2016, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation teamed up with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to deliver a marine debris education program to school students on Thursday Island.

We continued to work with our long time partners Tagai State College and had the pleasure of welcoming a new school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School. The program aimed to raise awareness of the problem of marine debris and to show how damaging the impacts can be. By understanding the issue, students gained a better appreciation of the work AMSA and Tangaroa Blue do in preventing and managing marine debris in Australian waters.

Beach clean up activities were run on TI, and students were shown how and why the debris is sorted in order to collect data in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, and how this data can be used to help address the problem.

The older students at Tagai State College were given more detailed information on AMSA’s role in the prevention of pollution from vessels, specifically in regards to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (called MARPOL Annex V). They were shown the technical requirements of the legislation and how to report suspected illegal garbage discharges at sea. This information was of particular relevance to the TAFE students who are currently working towards the qualifications required to move into the maritime industry.

Tagai Camp on Friday Island

For the past few years, Tangaroa Blue has been invited to participate in the Tagai State College year 8 camp to help monitor marine debris in the Torres Strait.

This year it was a 5 day camp to Friday Island that was held from the 12th-16th May, 2014. The students worked very hard to tackle the debris covering the beach they were camped on, collecting and then sorting the rubbish and logging the data.

Both the girls and boys groups put in an amazing effort filling over 40 bags with marine debris that had washed up and been left on the beach, collecting almost 200kgs of rubbish in a matter of minutes. Read more “Tagai Camp on Friday Island”

Tagai State College Hosts the 2012 Future Leaders Eco Challenge

The 25th October saw students from Tagai State College Thursday Island and Horn Island campuses as well as from the Sacred Heart School for a Future Leader’s Eco Challenge with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority!

Students were involved in lots of fun activities including a beach clean up, learning about seagrass monitoring, reducing power and what kind of work the TSRA Land and Sea Rangers are involved in.

During the beach clean up students collected more than 26kg of rubbish from just 300m of Federal Beach! The top three items found were 58 bits of hard, broken plastic, 42 pieces of broken glass and 29 cigarette butts.

The students also found plastic resin pellets – the raw form of plastic which must have come from either the mainland of Australia or South East Asia – showing how far marine debris can travel! Read more “Tagai State College Hosts the 2012 Future Leaders Eco Challenge”

Tagai State College Camp on Prince of Wales Island

Tagai State College Year 8 students recently attended camps at Bampfield on Prince of Wales Island.

As part of their activities students conducted clean ups at the camp site including removing over 100m of ghost nets and ropes.

But most concerning was the amount of litter left by visitors at the camp site. Plastic drink bottles, food wrappers, cans and bottles from local sources were mixed in with debris washing from international sources such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Read more “Tagai State College Camp on Prince of Wales Island”

Darnley Campus joins the Torres Strait Island Project!

Students at the Darnley Campus of Tagai State College in the Torres Strait Islands have joined the Australian Marine Debris Initiative cleaning up a local beach at Erub. The students collected debris from 3250 square metres in just under an hour, then transported it back to their school for sorting and data collection which will be submitted to the Australian Marine Debris Database. Well done to all students, we are so excited about having so many students in the Torres Strait joining in the project and being proactive in helping to look after their ocean environment. Keep up the great work!

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