AUSMEPA eNewsletter Winter 2017







MARITIME EMISSIONS PORTAL - sponsored by Google Impact Challenge

AUSMEPA is proud to announce, 'Oceaneering Port Vision' as developers of the MEP. We are looking at developing the prototype within the next few months and using a couple of ports as pilots for another couple of months.

We would like to thank again Google for selecting the MEP as one of their top 10 finalists and providing the $250,000 to develop our initiative.



Update on AUSMEPA & Ports Australia - 'We are Ports' high school project

Our 2017 unit of work on 'Celebrating 100 years of Australian Ports' has been written for Year 9 Geography -Interconnections in the Australian Curriculum. We have many schools around Australia participating in either Terms 2, 3 and Term 4.

Students study geographies of interconnections; collecting, recording, evaluating and representing; interpreting, analysing and concluding; and communicating! Find activities for 'We are Ports" here.

Term 2 is complete. AUSMEPA and Ports Australia thank all the participating students and teachers. Don't forget to send in your work!

  • Port of Newcastle – Waratah Tech High & Newcastle High
  • North Queensland Bulk Ports – Sarina College
  • Port of Brisbane – Morton Bay College
  • Port of Portland - Portland Secondary College & Bayview College & The Hamilton and Alexandra College
  • Southern Ports – Bunbury High School

Ellie Jeal, Hamilton College, Portland, Vic
"I found I greatly enjoyed it, I had much fun designing a logo and many other students loved the chance to be able to create their own pieces and ideas. We have very talented students so I was good to see them using that. I'm sure the teacher loved the idea as it was very informative but fun at the same time."

Zac Jefferies. HOD, Bayview College, Portland Vic.
"The unit itself, I was quite impressed with how well setup it was. We made a number of visits to the Port to learn in person about different aspects of it and were very impressed by the warm welcome we received from all parties visited. Great course so well done to whoever put it together!"

Term 3 schools have their "We are Ports" projects underway, learning how Ports function and what that means to everyday Australians.

  • Darwin Port – O'Loughlin College
  • Nth Qld Bulk Ports – Mackay State High School
  • Port of Brisbane – Redcliffe High
  • Port of Townsville – Heatley Secondary College
  • Pilbara Ports – Hedland Senior High
  • Flinders Port – Ocean View College & Port Lincoln High
  • Fremantle Ports – Rockingham Senior High & Gilmore College
  • TasPorts – King Island District High School

Many thanks to the inimitable Bob Winters for his wonderful efforts in putting these materials together for the participating schools and our Ports Australia partners!

Click here to view examples

The Chirp

The National Environmental Research Program (NERP) puts out a newsletter called the Chirp and outlines environmental news related to science research from various National Environmental Science Programs (NESP) hubs such as

NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub

NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub

Teachers and students might like to consider signing up to see what's what. The last issue has an article on "Recycling, rubbish and marine debris in remote northern Australian communities" as well as "Data over one year showing can farmers the link between best practice and improving the Reef water quality" while today's issue has "From Sydney to Melbourne, Hobart to Adelaide: microplastics litter the seafloor."

To subscribe to the Chirp simply email with 'subscribe' in the subject line.

HLW finalist 2.jpgDo you love sharks?

If you do Queensland's Tony Isaacson is your man. Tony is currently a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement and People's Choice for the Healthy Land and Waterways 2017 Awards. He is a marine naturalist and shark advocate as well as a good friend and colleague.  Congratulations Tony!

As a citizen scientist and teacher of marine sciences for 40 years he has many lifetime of achievements including planting 20,000 trees for koala and wildlife corridors, BHP Prize for Science Teaching and "Best School in Australia" for Marine Sciences at Hallett Cove School in his state of origin, South Australia.

Tony also champions the shark's role in sustaining biodiversity and the resilience of natural marine systems. He is on a mission to show Australians that sharks can be good for tourism too. 

He says "It is important that more people understand the concept of a 'trophic cascade'. Top predators suppress the abundance of organisms on a lower level in the food chain. If a predator is removed the lower organisms become over abundant and a series of dramatic changes occur. The  result puts at risk ecosystem structure, nutrient cycling and more. In Western Australia research was  undertaken on how tiger sharks actually protect and save seagrass communities which as we know are vital to fisheries." (see link below).

He flags the need for better education of how to live safely with sharks and is proactive about attracting international shark diving tourists to Australia. He references how important it is for swimmers and surfers to make better choices. Swimming after heavy rains, in murky water or at morning or evening twilight times increases the risk of an unhappy human-shark incident.

Tony visited the Bimini Shark Research Centre and Tiger Beach in the Bahamas in January 2018 where human-shark encounters are known to boost the economy through tourism. Using the Bahamas as a benchmark, shark encounter charter boat tourism has the capacity to earn over $6,000,000 per annum in Queensland. In such encounters habituated sharks are not given food as a reward for human-shark interactions, merely friendship (see link below).

While in the Bahamas he also tested shark safety devices (electronic bracelets) with bull sharks with 100% success. He strongly advocates more Australian trials and deployment of CLEVER BUOY technology. CLEVER BUOY relies on sonar technology to deliver an early warning alert to surf lifesavers so appropriate actions can be taken to reduce the risk of a human-shark incident.

84,800 non-target species include 8,504 federally protected species have been ensnared and entangled in Queensland's drum lines and shark nets from 1962 to 2014, and an unprecedented number of whales ensnared in 2016.

He believes emerging non-lethal measures for shark mitigation will relegate shark nets and drum lines to the horror section of museums. You can support Tony's nomination.  

Vote for him at:

Links for further information:

Tony Isaacson's lifetime achievements:

Trophic cascades:

Shark bite mitigation technologies:

Positive human-shark interaction:


Finally, it's here and it's live! AUSMEPA has a fresh look website. It has all the things that you love just in a more modern and user-friendly package. It features a top menu and option boxes with photos to help direct your inquiry.

  • Maritime / Seafarers here
  • Maritime Emissions Portal here
  • Educators here
  • Students here

We are so proud of what we bring to you, copyright free materials and photos that can be used responsibly for educational purposes without any strings attached. Students and teachers will be thrilled to find they can use photos to upscale their projects without worry.

The beautiful AUSMEPA posters are also still available for free however when larger numbers of poster packs are sent we will need to ask for you to merely provide us with the postage component.

Since our supporter base includes the maritime sector our section for seafarers includes a downloadable presentation on the unique nature of Australian waters that international ships traverse on their journeys taking goods to and from Australia. There are also the training materials for mariners who need to brush up on changes to requirements in Aussie waters.

After all we have 200 nautical miles of Economic Exclusive Zone to protect all around Australia and we need everyone to understand their part in keeping our waters healthy.

AUSMEPA thanks SAL Qld Committee for kindly sponsoring the development of this website


Another wonderful resource can be found here on the OceansIQ website. You will find a wealth of knowledge and resources for older students. We hope to be working with OceansIQ over the coming months to further enhance your learning adventures. You will see a link on their website to AUSMEPA.

MESA - Marine Education Society of Australasia online resources

MESA stands for the Marine Education Society of Australasia. Operating from 1984 until 2015 the organisation no longer exists as a separate entity however the Australian Association of Environmental Educators (AAEE) has a designated special interest group for marine educators to carry forward the celebrated National Seaweek activity each year. Website resources developed over many years are still popular, relevant and useful for students and teachers. AUSMEPA are working to ensure that these web resources are still yours to access through the MESA website

OUT AND ABOUT - and conferences

lgo.jpgEmergency & Community Services Expo - Sunday 10th September 2017
The Expo at 95 Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe will start at 9am and you will find AUSMEPA there with their friends, Volunteer Marine Rescue Brisbane. The Expo is anticipated to be an action packed fun day providing the community with information on Emergency Services and how you can plan, prepare and protect your family with storm and fire seasons. There will be stalls, demonstrations and kid's activities.

SeaRoad from the start

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Silver sponsors SeaRoad Holdings PL treated AUSMEPA's Executive Officer, Julie Nash, and Bob Winters for a visit recently.  Although SeaRoad specialises in keeping Tasmania Connected they are also a transport and logistics provider for Australia. Julie and Bob were given an interesting tour of the premises best described in images!

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand MLAANZ National Conference 4th to 6th October 2017, Melbourne

This national conference will be of special interest to our maritime law members.  Find more information here.

3rd ANZPAC Workshop on Biofouling Management for Sustainable Shipping September 12-15, Melbourne, Australia

To identify, promote and develop effective and practical biofouling management strategies that will ensure shipping and other maritime industries can continue to underpin trade, security, and economic development with minimal environmental impact


rotortug2.jpgTEEKAY Gold Sponsors win contract for Prelude RotorTugs

Our wonderful Gold Sponsors TEEKAY are pleased to announce that their partnership bid with KOTUG International to supply tugs to the massive Shell Prelude Floating LNG Facility off the coast of WA has been successful. The new and creative design will minimize handling risks, keep operations smooth and takes the overall safety up a bar. Congratulations!

Aspirational objectives regarding shipping emissions put to the IMO

The international shipping sector is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade and 2.2% of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions.
How inspiring that the shipping industry has taken this onboard and looks to be uniting on an ambitious CO2 reduction strategy. A proposal was put to the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by four large international trade associations to develop a strategy for reducing CO2 emissions from the shipping sector. The submission requested adoption of two Aspirational Objectives.

  • maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels
  • reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported on kilometer, as an average across international shipping by at least 50%, compared to 2008

There was also a suggestion that a possible third objective might be reducing international shipping's total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050 as compared to 2008.

It should be noted that 2.2% of the world's man-made CO2 emissions can be attributed to international shipping.  It should also be noted that the sector's total CO2 emissions declined by over 13% between 2008 and 2012 due to technical and operational fuel efficiency measures, despite increasing maritime trade.

Disposal of unwanted emergency beacons
A reminder to emergency beacon owners to dispose of their unwanted beacons in the correct manner. The correct way to dispose of your beacons:

  • Contact your local battery store (a small fee may apply)
  • Contact your local maritime safety agency. They may be able to provide disposal advice.
  • Disconnect the beacon batter according to the manufacturer's instruciton. Then contact your local waste management facility to ask about environmentally friendly disposal options. (A small fee may apply)

Navigational practices under the spotlight
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) conducts inspections of ships that showed 142 ships, inspected between 1st Jan and 30th Apr 2017, had failed to follow safe navigation practices on voyages.
These deficiencies included the use of unofficial copies of nautical charts, missing charts for voyages, failure to use charts during voyages, failure to plan or monitor voyages appropriately and electronic navigation systems that were unapproved, missing the correct charts for voyages or that crew were not trained to use.
AMSA has issued marine notices reminding industry of the importance of navigating safely. View the marine notices here


AUSMEPA is a not-for-profit supported by leading maritime companies, individuals and organisations. Funds raised are used to create no-cost, innovative and practical educational resources for schools, seafarers and other users of the marine environment. click here to read more


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