AUSMEPA Bulletin Spring 2010

In this issue

AUSMEPA Media Releases

Ocean Whispers

More for teachers

Marine pests and threats unit of work update

Nautical but nice – Navigation education free online at NOAA

Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? – CBSNews

AUSMEPA environmental award nominations 2011

A tribute to Rhondda Alexander

A warm welcome to two shipping companies

Notice of AUSMEPA’s annual general meeting (AGM)

AUSMEPA to present a paper at the AUSMARINE 2010 Exhibition Seminar in Perth 23-25 November 2010

MEAC 2010

2010 continues to be full of the unexpected except where marine pollution is concerned. AUSMEPA has taken the step of issuing a media release in relation to the disturbing accumulation of plastics that migrate from the land. We would like to encourage all of our readers to continue to find ways to reduce reliance on plastic as well as to reuse and recycle wherever and whenever possible.

In happier news the Torres Strait literacy readers are already in use as computer resources in the Tagai school classrooms. The two new publications have been dispatched to the school and students will soon be using their own hard copies!

AUSMEPA Media Releases

To view all media releases click here.

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.

More for teachers…..

NEW ONLINE LITERACY BOOKS on our website can be viewed here

NEW WEBSITE UNIT OF WORK: Leadership in Coastal Conservation
AUSMEPA will soon release a new marine conservation education website on coastal conservation leadership in school. It will have four main areas:

  • Coastal photo survey to monitor a changing environment
  • Communication projects for coastal environments
  • Coastal revegetation projects
  • Working with international schools

Marine pests and threats unit of work update

The Marine Pests and Threats unit of work has been completely re-designed and brought up to date. It is looking great and we’ll let you know when the finished product goes live.

Nautical but nice – Navigation education free online at NOAA:

The Scuttlebutt marine educators network raised a great question regarding where to find free educational material on reading Nautical Charts. The overwhelming response to the question was a pointer to the NOAA education website (click here) where there are education pages on maritime navigational topics. For anyone wishing to introduce seafarer basics you might like to have a look at the web pages below.

  • Nautical Charts – Message in a bottle / grades 3-5 (click here)
  • Seafloor mapping / grades 3-5  Interactive education unit (click here)
  • Currents / grades 6-12  Tidal, Coastal, ocean surface currents (click here)
  • Plot Your Course - Marine Navigation / Grades 9-12 (click here)
  • Do You Need a Map? Marine Navigation / Grades 9-12 (click here)
  • See That Sound? Introduction to Sonar/ Grades 9-12 (click here)

Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? – CBSNews

With climate change and sea level rise being such hot topics it is interesting to note the new technologies for more sustainable energy. “Large corporations in California have been secretly testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid.” It uses beach sand and special pigment paints to form small fuel cells that may one day supply energy to every home.  To view the clip and find out more click here.

AUSMEPA environmental award nominations 2011

The Board of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association is seeking nominations for the AUSMEPA Environmental Award for 2010/2011.The AUSMEPA Environment Award is presented to worthy recipients to recognise and promote achievements, innovation and best practice in minimising marine pollution and the protection of the marine environment. The candidates may include individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies or departments.
Nominations for the Environmental Award must meet the following criteria:

  • the introduction of an innovative service or practice which reduces marine pollution and enhances the protection of the marine environment
  • the undertaking of a service or practice which reduces marine pollution and enhances the protection of the marine environment
  • a significant achievement or contribution to reducing marine pollution and/or enhancing the protection of the marine environment.
  • the nominee should be based and operate in Australia and the benefits must be to the Australian marine environment

Nominations should be submitted to the AUSMEPA Executive Director, PO Box 4282, HAWKER, ACT 2614 by 30 October 2010.  For further information please email:  info@ausmepa.org.au

A tribute to Rhondda Alexander

It was a joy to see Rhondda Alexander at AUSMEPA’s 10th Anniversary dinner in Brisbane in on 13th July. In typical style she joyfully yet modestly shared the successes of an organisation that she helped to get off the ground. All were in disbelief to hear of her tragic death in a car accident one week later. Our hearts go out to her husband, Michael.

“Known as a brilliant woman, it is said that Rhondda inspired her husband to establish AUSMEPA after recognising the good achieved in his successful involvement in the Greek maritime environment body, HELMEPA”, said a Baird Maritime feature article.
It was also noted by the Sunshine Coast Daily News that the patron of the Guard QF6 Mooloolaba volunteers and AUSMEPA’s first Chair, Michael Alexander “was at sea helping the coast guard crew to retrieve the plastic-bottle catamaran Plastiki off the Coast when Rhondda was killed.”  

However Rhondda will live on through her good works. A Sunshine Coast TV News report noted that Coast Guard QF6 Mooloolaba volunteers have opted to honour her by naming their vessel the Rhondda Rescue.
AUSMEPA will introduce an annual school commemorative award to remember Rhondda and her strong support for AUSMEPA. Details will be announced in November following the next Board meeting.

A warm welcome to two shipping companies

At our 10th Anniversary, AUSMEPA welcomed MAERSK Line and Svitzer Australia to AUSMEPA’s ship membership scheme. MAERSK is one of the largest container ship operating companies trading to all parts of the world. Svitzer Australia owns and operates a large fleet of tugs in ports throughout Australian and also provides an emergency towing capability to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.  To learn more about the ship membership scheme and see the list of ship members click here

Notice of AUSMEPA’s annual general meeting (AGM)

AUSMEPA’s 9th AGM will be held in Melbourne on Monday 8 November; all paid up members of AUSMEPA are invited to attend. For details of how to become a member click here

AUSMEPA to present a paper at the AUSMARINE 2010 Exhibition Seminar in Perth 23-25 November 2010

Captain Kerry Dwyer, an AUSMEPA Board member, will present a paper titled Marine Environment Protection in the Indian Ocean; the paper will cover issues like offshore oil and gas, pollution risks, MARPOL and AUSMEPA’s role. For more information about the Exhibition and free seminars click here

MEAC 2010

Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) will once again host the Marine Environment Awareness Course specifically designed for the shipping industry. The course provides high quality information to foster better understanding of the purpose of marine environmental regulations leading to better choices in day to day sustainable shipping practices. If you are a mariner or considering a career on the sea you can find out more about this course by contacting Angela Gillham angela.gillham@asa.com.au