Volunteers needed for marine debris sorting event

Volunteers needed for marine debris sorting event

It is estimated that by 2050, by weight, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

An important part of reducing the plastic that ends up impacting marine wildlife, polluting beaches and as a hazard to human health and safety, is determining where it comes from and cutting it off at the source.

Enter Tangaroa Blue and their Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data to the AMDI Database.

The group will be holding a marine debris sorting day on October 14 and 15 at the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) in Gladstone to sort and document about a tonne of marine debris found in our region.

They need your help to do it.

“Sorting marine debris and entering it into the AMDI Database is so important as it allows us to track litter to its source, and prevent it from entering the waste stream and harming our Great Barrier Reef,” Tangaroa Blue’s Ian Anderson said.

“The debris that we’re going to sort comes from a recent community clean-up at Curtis Island, which is an important nesting site for flatback turtles, and occasionally green and loggerhead turtles.

“In the process of sorting we will also be taking every opportunity to recycle whatever we can to reduce the amount of material that goes to landfill.”

Ian said volunteers could help sort marine debris on one or both days, which will run from 8am to 3pm, or even part of a day.

Volunteers don’t need any prior experience, and lunch will be provided by Tangaroa Blue.

To register for the event the contact Ian on ian@tangaroablue.org or phone 0458 737 760.

Regular local beach clean-ups are part of the ReefClean Project, funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust as well as Curtis Ferry Services, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Shell’s QGC business, Santos GLNG, ConocoPhillips as downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, Gladstone Regional Council and CQUniversity.

Keep checking the Tangaroa Blue and ReefClean Facebook Pages for up-dates on up-coming clean-up events.


Common types of marine debris

  • Plastic bottles
  • Cigarette butts
  • Fishing gear
  • Packaging materials
  • Plastic microbeads
  • Plastic bags