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AUSMEPA Bulletin Winter 2011

In this issue

AUSMEPA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD – NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!

RHONDDA ALEXANDER MEMORIAL MARINE EDUCATION GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE: MARINE PESTS AND THREATS

LITERACY READERS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

TRASH FREE SEAS: 2011 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP

POPULAR POSTERS PREVIEW ONLINE

OCEAN WHISPERS

 

September is going to be big. The following articles will include information on awards and coastal environmental action that resonate across the globe.  There is something for everyone to get involved in! Schools, don't forget the great AUSMEPA Student Leadership tools here.

AUSMEPA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD – NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!

The AUSMEPA Environment Award is open for nominations now. AUSMEPA recognises and promote achievements, innovation and best practice in minimising marine pollution and the protection of the marine environment through this award. It can be awarded to individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies or departments.
Nominations can be submitted to the AUSMEPA Executive Director by 30 September each year. Nominations must demonstrate prevention of pollution of the marine environment or remediation of a polluted marine environment using the following criteria as a guideline for their submission:

  • demonstrate a proactive approach;
  • demonstrate innovation;
  • provide a long term, sustainable solution to a particular issue or issues;
  • demonstrate actions that go beyond legal compliance;  
  • result in 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

Please send your nomination for this award to info@ausmepa.org.au

RHONDDA ALEXANDER MEMORIAL MARINE EDUCATION GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

We'd like to thank the schools that were able to submit some wonderful projects for the inaugural Rhondda Alexander Memorial Marine Education Grant. The grant was awarded to Palm Beach Currumbin Senior High School, Currumbin, QLD for their project Students Against Overfishing (SAOF).

Year 12 Students at Palm Beach Currumbin Senior High School are initiating a campaign against overfishing after recently viewing a documentary called 'The End of the Line'. The students had never heard about the issue before and felt quite passionate about the situation. They determined that they could use a number of sources of media to convey their message about it thorough Facebook, webpage and production of a documentary for general viewing. Guiding the students in their project work is Marine Coordinator Grant Smith, a member of the Marine Teachers Association of Queensland.

MEDIA RELEASE: MARINE PESTS AND THREATS

AUSMEPA's Marine Pests and Threats Educational Program Completely Revised and Updated

Mr. Michael Julian, Executive Director of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) announced today that the Marine Pests and Threats unit of work on the AUSMEPA website had been completely rewritten and brought up to date with current practices and knowledge in Australia and in line with international requirements established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediments 2004.

Julian said that Marine Pests and Threats had been the first educational program put up on the AUSMEPA website back in 2003 and had been used my many thousands of school children in their quest for knowledge about the threat to Australian waters by the ship borne invaders.

The new website http://www.ausmepa.org.au/pests/default.asp?pageid=2&nav=2  provides a vast amount of information on the issue of marine pests being brought to Australia in ships' ballast water and as hull fouling and what is being done by ships and the shipping industry to minimise future introductions.

The website describes the worst offenders such as the Northern Pacific Seastar, European Fan Worm, European Shore Crab, Black Striped Mussel and Japanese Kelp. It also explains why ships need ballast water, how they manage and treat their ballast water, the amounts of ballast water carried around the world by shipping, and the role of the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) in overseeing the prevention of marine pests coming into Australia in ships' ballast water.

Mr. Julian acknowledged the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for providing information to help the upgrade.

For more information please contact Michael Julian 0417 657 951.

LITERACY READERS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The two Torres Strait literacy readers were written with the help of students and staff from Tagai State College in Torres Strait. Students have expressed their hopes for the future of their local environment and explored the boating safety issues of their region. Meet these students in these vivid publications

Download Boating Safety in the Torres Strait      
Download Our Environment Our Future 

Right: Tagai Boating Safety Officer demonstrating of emergency procedure to students

TRASH FREE SEAS: 2011 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP


All year long, organizations and individuals across the globe take part in Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches and waterways, identify the sources of that debris, and change the behaviours that allow it to reach the ocean in the first place.

During the amazing signature event each September, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from countries all over the world spend a day picking up everything from cigarette butts and food wrappers to lost fishing nets and major appliances. Because trash travels to the ocean by way of storm drains and waterways, they don't just work along ocean beaches; these dedicated folks slog through mud and sand along lakes, streams, and rivers, too, often working far inland.

Many walk, while others set out on boats. Thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the water's surface. People of all ages, from any walk of life, can participate. Friends, families, neighbours, club members, grade school classes—all kinds of people turn out on one day to work together in spirit across many time zones

Australia continues to be a leader in  initiatives for cleaning up, notably Clean Up Australia Day . From that 1989 start we now have Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World. Now in its 19th year, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.  Every single bit of pollution that doesn't make it to the sea is a help.

POPULAR POSTERS PREVIEW ONLINE HERE

As well as being suitable for classroom display, each poster provides information on how to use each unit of work on the AUSMEPA website see http://www.ausmepa.org.au/other.asp?pageId=32

Middle Year Posters:

  • Marine Pests and Threats
  • Stormwater Pollution
  • The Effects of Climate Change on Coral Bleaching
  • Ships and the Marine Environment
  • Ports and the Marine Environment
  • Student Leadership for Coastal Conservation Project

To receive your free poster pack email your request including your phone number, school, name and mailing address to info@ausmepa.org.au

OCEAN WHISPERS

Find links to the latest Ocean Whispers articles below

Ocean and animals:

Conservation action:

Education materials:

Grants and awards:

Shipping news:

Organisations and events:

CONFERENCES:

AUSMEPA will be attending these conferences however please feel free to send information on marine/environmental conferences that you think need to be promoted to education@ausmepa.org.au and we'll see if we can fit them into our schedule of blogs for you.

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