Tangaroa Blue WA Beach Cleanup Report

Tangaroa report 2014

See Executive Summary below, for the full report click here:

2014 marked the tenth anniversary of the West Australian Beach Clean-Up event. This annual report has been prepared as a special edition: commemorating the efforts of the WA community and Tangaroa Blue Foundation over the past ten years; as well as analysing a decade of marine debris data to help inform forward planning for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) in Western Australia. Looking back over the past decade of beach clean-up action in WA reveals an inspiring story of community momentum and achievement. In 2004 a few concerned individuals commenced the process of collecting and recording marine debris from a few selected beaches between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste in the state’s south-west. The process of removing and cataloguing marine debris items quickly gained momentum. In 2005 over 100 people participated in the first Cape to Cape Beach Clean-Up event, resulting in the removal and recording of 8,313 marine debris items weighing approximately 900 kg. Word spread quickly and it wasn’t long before other coastal communities around the state were keen to join in. By 2012 the Australian Marine Debris Initiative was a national program and today Tangaroa Blue Foundation supports a network of over 39,000 volunteer opportunities in clean-ups of over 1,400 beaches around the country. In Western Australia, local communities can be proud to acknowledge that this national program was started in their own backyard on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The 2014 West Australian Beach Clean-Up event supported over 1,243 people in cleanups at 137 beaches, removing and cataloguing 87,159 marine debris items weighing just under 5,613 kg. The program has been highly catalytic, involving a rapidly widening breadth of communities around the country to enact change required to reduce marine debris. However, as commonly stated by Tangaroa Blue Foundation: If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do. The AMDI program engages those people on the ground that are concerned with the state of their coastline, and provides them with the opportunity to be involved actively in natural resource management – finding ways to stop marine debris at the source, before it enters the environment. This report documents ten years of action towards this common goal.

 

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