Turning Tide On Marine Debris Across Great Barrier Reef

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

The Australian Government is providing the Tangaroa Blue Foundation (Foundation) with $3.5 million of funding over 4 years. This will support marine debris removal and prevention activities across the Great Barrier Reef.

Marine debris is one of the key threats facing the Reef. Debris, such as plastics, can:

  • threaten the biodiversity of the Reef
  • impact on its tourism appeal
  • be fatal for its marine life.

The Foundation will use this funding to continue to deliver their ReefClean program for another 3.5 years.

“Marine debris is a significant risk to the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem but the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling this issue is having a significant impact,” says Tangaroa Blue Foundation CEO, Heidi Tait.

Since 2019, the ReefClean program has:

  • delivered hundreds of community clean ups
  • delivered source reduction programs
  • collected and recorded more than 120 tonnes of marine debris.

The Foundation were found successful through the competitive Great Barrier Reef Marine Debris Management and Mitigation grant round.

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