WA Beach Clean-Up 2021 Launched!

Our annual west coast event is fast approaching and it’s shaping up to be another really successful campaign for Tangaroa Blue Foundation!! For those of you who missed the official WA Beach Clean-Up report for 2020, here is a snapshot of the key successes. We hope to increase our impact this year and keep building on these numbers. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this event so far and for your interest again this year.

Register your clean-up site here!

We have recently welcomed WA Regional Project Coordinator Casey Woodward to the team, who is based in the South West. Together with Dan Burns in Perth, they are working to increase the beaches and waterways covered and are both really looking forward to connecting to the communities that care for the wild shores of Western Australia over the 15th-18th October weekend.

Alongside our partner Keep Australia Beautiful WA, we are welcoming Custom builder Tallwood Constructions to our corporate donor base. Their generous contribution provides valuable funding to the WA Beach Clean-Up for 2021 and we are proud to be growing our capacity in Western Australia, with their help. We will share more about these partners throughout the campaign.

We are also getting together some incredible prizes to be offered up to volunteers across the state to thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping our oceans and waterways debris free!

If anyone has any questions or requires further information regarding this event, please feel free to reach out to casey@tangaroablue.org.

Melbourne strains the drains – again!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been successful in securing funding for Let’s Strain the Drains – Phase 2 through the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund, delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. The project will be delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with Cleanwater Group and with support from the Cities of Melbourne, Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Moreland, Kingston, Maribyrnong & Greater Dandenong, the Vicinity Centres and University of New South Wales.

Let’s Strain the Drain projects aim to close the gap in information around the specific land-based sources of plastic and other debris leaking into the environment. This is achieved by sorting & counting the debris caught in at-source litter traps installed in stormwater infrastructure using the Australian Marine Debris Initiative methodology.

Read more “Melbourne strains the drains – again!”

Tackling Bait Bags and Light Sticks

Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been working with Oceanwatch Australia to develop two Source Reduction Plans focused on fishing-related bait bags and professional fishing-related light sticks as part of the ReefClean Program. Both projects have been designed through conducting a source analysis approach rather than working from a littering reduction perspective. This approach was used to allow for the adoption of new innovations which can work alongside traditional behaviour change mechanisms to do the right thing reducing the incidence of bait bags and chemical light sticks recorded on waterways.

Read more “Tackling Bait Bags and Light Sticks”

BCF To Tackle Fishing Waste With New Rig Recycle Bins

In an Australian first, it is now possible to recycle your unwanted fishing tackle at a select number of BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing stores through a new recycling pilot launched today.

Fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited in partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation are launching the program together with BCF who are opening their doors for recreational fishers to bring in their old, unwanted or recovered fishing tackle and dispose of it in purpose-built Rig Recycle bins.

The Rig Recycle concept is an initiative of ReefClean and was developed to help overcome issues such as pollution from discarded fishing gear, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Read more “BCF To Tackle Fishing Waste With New Rig Recycle Bins”

Four Mile Beach Clean-up – Port Douglas, QLD

Looking for a way to be part of practical solutions for our environment?

Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is one of our longest running QLD beach monitoring sites. We have been cleaning and collecting data from this site monthly since 2009.

Meet our Tangaroa Blue coordinators and volunteers at Bruno Reidwig Memorial Park at the end of Solandar Blvd, Port Douglas at 8:30am.

Volunteers need to wear enclosed shoes, bring sun/rain protection, and plenty of drinking water (1 to 2 litres is recommended). We try to ensure that all Tangaroa Blue events are free from single-use plastic, so bring along your reusable water bottle. All equipment and drinking water top-ups will be provided.

To register or for any questions, please email jules@tangaroablue.org. Thank you for dedicating your energy towards protecting our oceans, and we look forward to seeing you out on the beach!

Tangaroa Blue would like to thank the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife for supporting these monthly beach clean-ups.

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

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