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AUSMEPA Bulletin Winter 2011
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.
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.
Please send your nomination for this award to email@example.com
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.
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.
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
Right: Tagai Boating Safety Officer demonstrating of emergency procedure to students
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.
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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
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Find links to the latest Ocean Whispers articles below
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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 email@example.com and we'll see if we can fit them into our schedule of blogs for you.
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