During October, 2021 Tangaroa Blue Foundation celebrated another successful WA Beach Clean-Up with more than 120 individual sites registered across the state. In its 17th year, it is one of the largest people-powered clean-ups on the West coast and provides a snapshot of the density and diversity of marine debris being found across the coastline and waterways of Western Australia.
Project Coordinator Casey Woodward says “We received overwhelming support this year from a range of families, community groups, NRMs and Indigenous Rangers. It’s been incredible to see lots of different groups collaborating to achieve such great results in their communities.
We’re especially thankful for all of the groups that come back year after year, as well as excited to welcome new ones.”
Tangaroa Blue Foundation have recently collated the debris in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database and have released initial clean-up stats.
A more in-depth report is currently in progress and will be released in the coming months.
The data collected will join over 20 million pieces of marine debris recorded in the AMDI. This data is used to drive targeted source reduction projects across the country.
The WA Beach Clean-Up is an annual event that encourages members of the public, community groups, schools, corporate groups and others to take part by organising a clean-up at their favourite section of the beautiful WA coastline. Tangaroa Blue Foundation partners with Keep Australia Beautiful WA and welcomed Tallwood Custom Built Homes and BayWest Blinds to the sponsorship team for this year.
This article was written by Casey Woodward from Tangaroa Blue Foundation,
Featured image: Medical Student Association of Notre Dam at Leighton Beach, Perth (Photo Credit: Dan Burns)