The Australian Marine Debris Database was created to enable volunteers and organisations who run beach clean-up events to also collect data on what they are finding with a consistent methodology, so it can be collated into a standardised national database on marine debris.
Since 2004 more than 11 million pieces of data have been entered into the database, creating a comprehensive overview of what amounts and types of marine debris are impacting beaches around Australia. // FNPW funding will enable Tangaroa Blue to further analyse the extensive Australian Marine Debris Database, and work closely with communities, industry and government to address the problem of marine debris, through the creation of source reduction plans.
Building our capacity within our AMDI project officers has enabled us to work with community members and partners in the development, implementation and monitoring of source reduction plan projects in areas around Australia. This has included providing training for volunteers in how to collect data during their local clean-up activities, how to then use this data to identify items impacting their local environment, and finally how to create, implement and monitor projects that stop the release of those items into the environment in the first place.
This has included the following actions since our last progress report in Jan 2019: Data collection support and training at the Phillip Island Clean-up event, facilitation of the MidCoast Plastic Pollution Working Group meetings, coordination and facilitation of the 2019 Hunter Marine Debris Community Workshop, attendance and contribution to the QLD Government Educators Workshop, attendance and training at the Airlie Beach Citizen Science Workshop, facilitation of a data collection and SRP workshop in Gladstone, a collaboration between Coles and Woolworths to address loading dock litter, and collaboration with volunteers on a community led single-use plastic reduction plan in Melbourne.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation the we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT
The project was completed in 2019.
This project was funded by FNPW in 2018.
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Partnering With Tangaroa Blue To Reduce Marine Debris
Marine debris and plastic pollution come from a wide range of sources, so each item collected needs to be specifically addressed through data, tracking, and relevant stakeholder engagement.
Funding from FNPW has enabled our marine conservation partner Tangoroa Blue to appoint a dedicated Source Reduction Project Officer to engage with communities around Australia on a range of marine conservation initiatives, including: