TeachWild National Marine Debris portal

17 February, 2012

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Marine debris is any object found in the marine environment that does not occur naturally.

Marine debris is any object found in the marine environment that does not occur naturally.

Marine debris

Sources of Marine debris, include:

Marine debris is known to affect more than 270 species of marine animals worldwide, from the top predators in the food chain to plankton, but the full extent of the impact is unknown.


TeachWild is a national three-year marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia, in partnership with CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell to understand the extent of the global issue of marine debris and its impacts on Australian wildlife.

Earthwatch Australia, CSIRO and Shell are working together to provide students, teachers, parents and employees of these organisations the opportunity to learn about the global challenges associated with marine debris and take part in hands-on field research.

What is TeachWild going to do?

TeachWild will survey and map the distribution of marine debris, identify the major sources of debris and measure the impacts of debris on Australian wildlife. The data will contribute to a national marine debris database to highlight the extent of the issue and provide information to State Government and coastal Local Councils on the need to improve waste management policies and practices to better protect marine life and the health of our oceans.

For more detailed information about the TeachWild project »

Schools and Citizen Scientists to use TeachWild

Today (17 February 2012) marks the beginning of TeachWild being trialled in schools. The first school has commenced entering their marine debris data into TeachWild for their coastal region.

Over the next three years, they will be joined by another hundred or so schools from around Australia’s coastline.

TeachWild Portal

TeachWild Portal

But it’s not just schools – state agenices, volunteer groups, and individual members of the public, anyone, can get involved and log marine debris sightings.

Follow the links below to find out how to register to help out …

TeachWild Links


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