Tangaroa Blue – Australian Marine Debris Initiative

Scope of work

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris. We are accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme and our work contributes to the Sustainable Develop Goals 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17. We created the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and partners that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale. 

Milestones !

20 million items : A HUGE milestone has been reached for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) and Tangaroa Blue Foundation at the end of 2021, with the network logging its 20 millionth item into the AMDI Database. This incredible achievement would not be possible without the commitment of over 200,000 citizen scientists and 2000 partner organisations that have helped us to create the largest marine debris database in the Southern Hemisphere.Our methodology is robust and is recognised and respected on a state, national and international level. We share this moment with each and every person that has taken the time to submit data across Australia. The AMDI is crucial to what we do as an organisation and helps us to drive future source reduction efforts around the country to stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans.

Link to AMDI app

Related publication

Ten years of citizen science data from the AMDI Database has informed a UNSW study

Links to website and social media

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Contact

PO Box 1235, Dunsborough, WA 6281 Australia info@tangaroablue.org

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