Marine Debris Initiative

  • Who: Tangaroa Blue Foundation
  • When: Ongoing
  • Where:

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a non-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment.

“…put it in the bin, recycle and use less plastics…”

We coordinate the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of over 19,000 volunteers, organisations and agencies around the country removing, monitoring and finding solutions to the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

Since the program started in 2004, more than 1.5 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline and data on this debris collated and inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database.

We invite volunteers to adopt a section of coastline and join the Australian Marine Debris Initiative – rarely has such a huge environmental issue had such an easy solution – pick it up – put it in the bin, recycle and use less plastics – you can decide to be part of the solution!

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Fast Facts

  • There is an estimated 18,000 pieces of debris floating in each square km of ocean.
  • More than 77 Australian species, including 20 species already listed as endangered impacted by marine debris.
  • Plastics never biodegrade – forever remaining in the environment.