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AUSMAP is in the process of developing an online interactive microplastic hot spot map. The map will allow you to search by location to see the results of microplastic surveys from around Australia. Users will be able to see microplastic hotspots, including the quantity, type, size & colour of microplastics found.


So keep up your field sampling! The more data we have, the more informative the map becomes, & remember finding no microplastics is still a great result that we need to know about! The purpose of the map is to track how microplastic loads change in different locations over time, & finding no microplastics is the best result!


Of the 200 shorelines that we’ve sampled so far around Australia, here are the top 5 microplastic hotspots (microplastics/m2) for around Australia!

  1. Tiranna Beach, West Lakes, SA: 9,500

  2. Black Dragon Beach, West Lakes, SA: 7,795

  3. Kyeemagh Beach, Botany Bay, NSW: 1,013

  4. Athol Beach, Sydney Harbour, NSW: 994

  5. Berry Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW: 784

We’ve also found many places that are considered ‘cold spots’ where there have been NO microplastics found. Examples of these include (these have no ranking by the way!):

  • Collingwood Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW

  • Hare Bay, Jervis Bay, NSW

  • Tennyson Beach, Adelaide, SA

  • Michaelmas Cay, GBR, Qld

  • Kurrimine Beach, Nth Qld

  • Woorim Beach, Bribie Island, Qld

  • Queens Beach, Redcliffe, Qld


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AUSMAP is a program of the Total Environment Centre, with the generous support of initial funding from the Coca Cola Global Foundation.

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