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Get on board and protect our oceans!

201404 Cape BedfordWe are the creators and coordinators of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative – the only national platform supporting volunteers, industry, government and communities in resolving the marine debris issue – and have a big blue vision for the future of Australia's oceans, and we'd like you to be a big part of it.

As an Australian Registered Charity with Australian Donor Gift Recipient Status and approved for U.S. Tax Deductible donations through CAF America, we have many opportunities for you to get on board to protect our oceans.

Remember all donations made are 100% tax deductible and every little bit counts towards protecting our oceans!

Maybe you even want to suggest donations as a collaborate gift for a birthday or memorial?




If you wish to make a donation to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Public Fund you have the following options:

• Donate via PayPal or credit card
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• The Sea Store is Tangaroa Blue Foundation’s online store where sustainable products and clothes are available for purchase. All money from your purchases will go straight back into Tangaroa Blue Foundation projects.
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Thank you for your support!


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2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival!

Cuff callforentries TangaroaThe Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition for the 2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival is now open for entries with a massive prize pool worth over $70,000.

This year we have a new video category and will be raising money for local marine charities: the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation, the Minke Whale Project and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

The competition is running over the next three months leading up to the festival, with entries for the film competition closing on the 12th July, whilst the photo competition closes on the 23rd July. Festival organisers are now calling on local underwater photographers and filmmakers to get their entries ready.


Source Reduction Plans Stopping Debris

201404 Cape BedfordAfter many years and long hours by tens of thousands of volunteers and partners collecting debris and data from over 1080 beaches, we are seeing many positive changes resulting from all our efforts. We can now show the importance of our Source Reduction Plans (SRPs) in creating changes that will improve the long term health of the enviroment.

The framework of the SRPs can be used on local, state and national levels to create strategies that stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans. With an estimated 80% of debris coming from land sources, this is where we need to put our focus on stopping debris entering the environment in the first place.


World First Stand Up Paddle Around Sydney Basin

Stuart Murray SUP Sydney ExploreStuart Murray (50), 9 x New Zealand and Australian Stand Up Paddle Champion and marine conservationist in March completed a world first, by stand up paddling around the entire Sydney Basin.

The event was to show the connection between marine debris in our oceans and pollution in our rivers and creeks, and communities from as far inland as Windsor joined in for a stand-up paddle clean-up when Stuart arrived in town!


Banda waste program - PARNEK, Environment Matters

Magga7Recently my partner and I journeyed to the Banda Islands. A very remote part of Indonesia, better known as the Spice Islands. The Bandas used to be famed as the only place in the world to acquire Nutmeg and Cloves. Now thanks to colonialism nutmeg and cloves are grown in other parts of the world and the Bandas are mostly quiet. The guide book listed these Islands as having pristine waters and perfect snorkelling conditions, just what we avid flipper junkies were after.

We arrived and checked into a guesthouse located on the shores of Banda Neira, with its own jetty close to the public wharf, and a view of Gunung Api - a conically classic volcano. Ecstatic at having at last arrived in this piece of paradise, we leaned over the planks to gaze into the reputed crystal clear water. And it was, so clear that along with the brightly coloured reef fish, you could pick every piece of rubbish out.