Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian registered charity focused on restoring the health of our marine environments. The organisation coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI)- an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, institutions and agencies monitoring the impacts of marine debris along the Australian coastline.
Since the program started in 2004, more than 2 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline, with data collated and entered into the AMDI Database- an online resource that can be used to identify the impact of marine debris in different areas and can assist tracking back to their source.
The Tangaroa Blue Foundation provides practical support to communities, organisations, Land and Sea Ranger groups, agencies and schools with training and educational resources, as well as clean-up materials and logistical assistance. Over the last 8 years it has contributed significantly to the management and on-ground recovery of marine debris across many parts of Australia, especially Far North Queensland.
In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is one of the great gods, the god of the ocean. He is the son of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, Sky and Earth. Tangaroa is the father of many sea creatures and his breaths are the tides. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..."
The organisation was named Tangaroa Blue Foundation to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans and creating programs and resources to help communities look after their local coastal environment.
An incredible number of thongs or flip flops - 7154 to be exact- have been removed from Mapoon beaches, smashing a record set last year of 4696 removed from Chili Beach, on Cape York's eastern seaboard.