Christmas Island District High School students removed almost 400kg from Greta Beach in March 2017 and are planning to head back in May to finish off the job!
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.
Southern Cross Distance Education student, Carly Shanahan, speaks about marine debris. This is part of the school’s Save Our Seas and Cross Current Collaborative projects and is supported by Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
On the 10th of November two year 4 classes from Scotch College Junior School traveled to Floreat Beach in Perth’s northern suburbs to take part in a beach clean-up as part of their Marine Pollution unit.
They were accompanied by 5 teaching staff and a parent helper and spent an hour and half combing the beach for Tangaroa Blue.
The boys were amazed at the wealth of items they found washed up on a beach that, to all intents and purposes, looked pretty clean. By the time we were done 6 sacks from Tangaroa Blue had been loaded with rubbish, which was brought back to school and sorted, weighed and reclaimed.
Of the 39 kilos of rubbish, the recyclables were dropped into the recycling bins beside the canteen and waste into the rubbish bin, while the reclaimed items were used in sea turtle sculptures, highlighting the issues faced by today’s marine life.
The boys were very proud of their contribution to improving the environment for today’s sea creatures.