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AUSMEPA Bulletin Autumn 2010

In this issue

DEEPWATER HORIZON AND OIL SPILL UPDATES

PACIFIC ADVENTURER OIL SPILL REPORT

NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

ALL SHIPS LOG

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY

WORLD OCEAN DAY EVENT

TORRES STRAIT MARINE LITERACY PROJECT

AUSMEPA's 10th Anniversary

MORE FOR TEACHERS…..

Knowing the future is pure crystal ball stuff for people like us. Recently we’ve seen volcanos erupting, earthquakes shaking, fires and oil spills. It can’t fail to remind us of interpretations of Nostradamus’ famous predictive quatrains. Whether or not Nostradamus actually gave us some insights is a moot point when much of the power to shape our future has always been in our hands. Our lives depend on life giving water and it is our common obligation to actively respect and protect it for all integrally connected living things.

AUSMEPA is dedicated to being part of the changing behavioural landscape of our world through marine environmental education. The following topics we hope will inform further and inspire you to action.

OCEAN WHISPERS

The Ocean Whispers blog provides a gateway to some of the interesting information and articles we have found on the environment, action and education. Click here to find full articles over the last period.

Courtesy United States Coast Guard

DEEPWATER HORIZON AND OIL SPILL UPDATES

In Australia we are always on the alert about oil spills and the latest event in the Gulf of Mexico has made world headlines.  A news item has been placed on the AUSMEPA latest news page (click here) and provides a range of websites where the latest information about the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill can be obtained.  If you want up to date information or you know of colleagues or friends who would like to check on the progress please draw their attention to the AUSMEPA News item.


Pacific Adventurer oil spill courtesy Sunshine Coast Regional Council

PACIFIC ADVENTURER OIL SPILL REPORT - Moreton Island and Sunshine Coast March 2009

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued two reports by the Incident Analysis Team, overall the response to the incident was effective and generally in accordance with the policies and procedures in the National Plan. The report makes 16 recommendations relating to how national and state and territory marine pollution preparedness and response arrangements might be improved throughout Australia. The recommendations of the report are already being acted upon by agencies involved in the response and will also be considered by the National Plan Management Committee and a wider review of the National Plan to be undertaken in 2010/2011. There are two reports, one covering the more significant and strategic issues and the other the operational and technical issues. Both reports are available on the AMSA website -- Strategic Report (click here) and Operational and Technical Report: (click here)

Reef fish courtesy Bob Winters

NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

AUSMEPA is pleased to see the rapid response by the Australian and Queensland governments to make the coastal waters off Gladstone safer. Following the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 off Great Keppel Island on 3rd April 2010 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in conjunction with Maritime Safety Queensland will extend the existing Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) to the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This will involve ships reporting their voyage plans, regular position reporting and continuous monitoring by the VTS. If ships stray off their intended track they will be notified by the shore based VTS centre. For more information click here

ALL SHIPS LOG

AUSMEPA has held discussions with a company which proposes to establish an electronic log as an adjunct to the existing Deck Log carried by all ships, fishing vessels and recreational vessels including yachts on ocean going voyage. The purpose of the electronic log is to enable almost real time reporting and collection of a wide range of marine environmental and scientific data which currently is only collected by a small number of  select weather reporting and research vessels. Sighting reports will also including marine debris, wildlife and other environmental information. AUSMEPA is pleased to lend its support to this project and when it is more advanced will have more information on the AUSMEPA website as well as links to the All Ships Log website.

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. “It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives.” (for more information click here)

“Australia is the most mega-diverse developed country and supports almost 10 per cent of the biological diversity on earth. Australia's biodiversity makes a significant contribution to its economy and is essential to our identity and culture.” (to see Aust. Government webpage click here).

Considering that 2010 is both the International Year of Biodiversity and Year of the Seafarer have you thought of holding an event for World Ocean day? Here’s what’s happening in SA…

WORLD OCEAN DAY EVENT:  Teacher In-service,
HENLY BEACH Marine Discovery Centre, Tuesday 8th June, 2010

This South Australian event is sponsored by the Dept. for Environment & Heritage. It will highlight ‘why we need Marine Parks in South Australia’. The aim is to provide an exciting, worthwhile free of cost Professional development or in-service day for teachers wishing to use the sea as a theme for classroom studies. It will be held at 416 Seaview Rd., Henley Beach however RSVP is required. Free resources will be provided. The program will include presentations and activities; Marine Policy and Management – conserving our oceans, introduction to local signage Marine Trail, exploration of Marine Trail on foot, review of the Marine Discovery Centre resources. To register your interest please email them at uquack@star.adl.catholic.edu.au

Torres Strait flare demonstration Roy Pearson being photographed by Bob Winters courtesy of Jody Plecas

TORRES STRAIT MARINE LITERACY PROJECT

With a great deal of excitement and pleasure AUSMEPA can announce that the final stage of the Torres Strait project funded by Maritime Safety Queensland and Australian Maritime Safety Authority is underway. Thursday and Horn Island students workshopped key elements of the new readers, lead by Bob Winters of Education Options. Publication of the two high quality literacy readers on the marine environment and boating safety are now anticipated by spring/summer 2010.

AUSMEPA's 10th Anniversary

AUSMEPA will celebrate 10 years of providing free marine environmental education resources to schools and seafarers on 13 July 2010. To mark this important milestone, a 10th Anniversary dinner will be held in Brisbane on Tuesday 13 July. The evening will commence at 6.30 pm for drinks followed by dinner.  After a short reflection on the past 10 years and our ideas for the future, the guest speaker will be Dr. Rachel Baird who specialises in environmental law. Rachel is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland and is also a consultant in the Planning and Environment section of Clayton Utz Brisbane, she speaks regularly at Australian and International conferences,

If you would like to attend this special evening please email info@ausmepa.org.au  stating your interest so that full details of the evening can be sent to you. It is hoped to provide complimentary tickets to teachers and others involved in school education, so if you fit in this category please let us know?

 


MORE FOR TEACHERS…..

PRACTICAL PHYSICS:  Making Waves

Teachers wishing to put together wave experiments that work in the classroom click here.  There is a vast summary of interesting information about this ocean surface tapestry. Learn about variety of waves, ripple tanks, diffraction, refraction, reflection to name some basics.

END OF THE LINE – A film about one of the world most disturbing problems - overfishing.

To view the trailer of this particular inconvenient truth click here  and also the trailer by Ted Danson, narrator for the movie, click here. If you want to know why this problem is happening in an easy to understand manner you will want to have a look.

THE PIRATE PRIMER: Mastery of the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues Author: George Choundas Publisher: Writer’s Digest Book -- article from Baird Maritime click here.

Pirate is a word that in real terms evokes fear and loathing. One might wonder then why someone would be driven to undertake a project to create a dictionary of pirate language. An extraordinary answer is that many pirate expressions are still alive in our language today. This publication “very surprisingly, provides an excellent means of improving the serious reader’s grasp of English.” “Beautifully produced and clearly and concisely defined it is a fascinating and relevant combination of pirate history, dictionary and thesaurus.

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