Australian Marine Debris Initiave

This visualisation, uses data of all marine debris collected locally from 2004 – 2009. It was classified by material location, coastal type and dispersion category, and inputted into the Australian Marine Debris Database, listing more than 1.2 million pieces of debris removed from the Australian coastline since 2004.

The idea is to show the amount and characteristics of the debris collected on Australian coasts. It is also meant to create awareness of conservation issues, as well as invite volunteers, organizations and communities to join the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.

For instance, while an estimated 18,000 pieces of plastic float in every square kilometer of ocean, it is only when it washes ashore that people get an idea of how much rubbish must be in our oceans and the impact on marine life and seabirds. This is the best opportunity to remove it before the next tide washes it out again. Due to this initiative, practical solutions have been found and a considerable reduction in debris has been reported.