Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris.
Project implemented: June 2004
To inspire and catalyse action and empower others to remove and prevent waste from entering the marine environment.
The AMDI provides a scale-able, collaborative framework to address marine debris impacting Australia from both domestic and international sources
Clean-ups are conducted by community members and partner organisations and data submitted into the AMDI Database
The AMDI Database is analysed to identify and monitor marine debris items impacting specific sites
Tracking the marine debris items back to the source enables the engagement of relevant stakeholders for source reduction
The creation and implementation of multi-partner Source Reduction Plans that aim to stop marine debris items at the source
Ongoing clean-ups provide an opportunity to monitor the impact of implemented Source Reduction Plans
Linking community, industry and government partners collaboratively in the AMDI allows consistent and accurate messaging
52% increase in number of items removed between October 2015 and April 2018 – this relates to increase participation in the AMDI
Tangaroa Blue Foundation created and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and partners that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach, ocean and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database. If all we do is clean-up, then that’s all we’ll ever do. The AMDI Database is used to identify what marine debris items are impacting a specific site so that relevant stakeholders can be engaged to work on solutions to stop the flow of litter and waste 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.