14169: The Australian Marine Debris Initiative Training Videos - building community capacity

    Filming at Cape Leeuwin
    Filming at Cape Leeuwin

    Marine debris (litter) is a global issue that negatively impacts the marine environment and has economic and social repercussions. Globally it is estimated there are 18,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square kilometre of ocean. There are 276 species of marine animals worldwide impacted by marine debris, 77 of these are Australian species. Tangaroa Blue Foundation is dedicated to the collection, reporting and development of Marine Debris Source Reduction Plans and relies on volunteers to do this.The plans are the critical factor in preventing marine debris ending up in the environment in the first place.

    This project aims to create five short video clips that will be uploaded on the Tangaroa Blue Foundation website. The video clips will focus on training and educating volunteers and organisations on how to safely run a beach clean-up, including risk assessments and safety briefings; the identification of Indigenous significant sites and bird nesting areas; how to sort and collect data on marine debris; how to submit data to the database; how to create a Source Reduction Plan; and an overview of marine debris and its impacts.

    Investment: $ 1 700
    In-kind contribution: $ 19 100
    Delivery organisation: Tangaroa Blue Foundation
    Project duration: February 2015 - November 2015
    Location: The videos will be primarily filmed in the South-West of WA.

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