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Tracking rubbish at the Darwin Harbour Clean-Up

Every year, the Darwin Harbour Clean-Up brings together people from a range of backgrounds to remove rubbish from multiple sites around Darwin harbour. This year’s Harbour Clean-Up provided an opportunity for Billee McGinley, I-Tracker Officer at NAILSMA, to work with Heidi Taylor, from Tangaroa Blue Foundation, to collect digital data about the rubbish collected.

Using some of the same field data technologies as NAILSMA’s I-Tracker program, Tangaroa Blue’s CyberTracker™ application allows users to record detailed data during marine debris clean-ups to track and classify the debris, and attempt to determine its origins. This detailed data enables Tangaroa Blue to better engage with stakeholders, to work on practical solutions to reduce the rubbish, and create source-reduction plans to stop marine debris from occurring in our oceans.

Using digital data collection methods and tools is a significant asset to Tangaroa Blue’s efforts, and NAILSMA looks forward to continuing to contribute to Tangaroa Blue’s work to reduce these major threats to our marine environments.

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