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Marine education concepts

Five main marine education concepts are: Diversity, Interrelations, Adaptation, Change and Conservation.

The marine and coastal environment is made up of variety of ecosystems and habitats. These are the home to plants, animals and microorganisms. Together they form our rich marine and coastal biological diversity.

As the plants, animals and microorganisms share the living and non-living components of their environment, they are constantly interacting with each other. They form interrelating communities and complex webs of life.

For successful life in the coastal and ocean habitats, the plants, animals and microorganisms must adapt to the conditions of their environment. They have developed special features and behaviours that help them to find food, shelter and mates to survive.

The marine and coastal environment is in continual phases of daily, seasonal and cyclic change.
Human actions have a significant impact on the marine and coastal environment. Therefore we all have a role to play in conservation. We need to develop understanding, positive attitudes and actions to help nurture clean, healthy, alive and living coasts and oceans.