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Theme: Caring for our Coast

Seaweek '93 coordinator: Bob Moffatt & Glenn Tonges

Extending the theme - classroom activities

Activity 1: Who Cares for our Coasts?


Many groups and organisations are involved in managing our coasts. It is up to us to find out what they do and help them to protect our coastal environment. Remember, looking after our coast is the responsibility of all of us, not just Government bodies and community groups.


  • to find out more about coastal management in your area.


  • Identify Federal, State or Local government bodies with coastal management responsibilities eg Environment Protection Agencies, Water Boards, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Fisheries, Local Council etc.
  • Identify non government groups working on/in coastal issues and areas eg Dunecare, Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Environment Groups etc.
  • Make a list of the types of people who go to the beach and how they use it.
  • Allocate roles to the students from all those listed above.
  • Choose one of the following situations (or write your own) that could threaten the coast and set about solving the issue. In each case a member of the public has observed the threat and must figure out who to contact and what information they need. What do you think should happen?

1 A rock fisher has been cutting cunjevoi (sea squirts) for bait and has four buckets, although she fishes alone.

2 On a beach walk at low tide, you notice an oily slick washing up on the rocks. You also notice an oil tanker heading out to sea.

3 When reading your local newspaper, you notice a Development Application to Local Council to build a new housing estate on the last stand of mangroves in your area.

4 On a trip to your local lagoon, you notice that lots of rubbish has washed up on the shore after a recent storm.

Activity 2: Look Litter Lasts

Discuss the following data:

:Parking ticket 2-4 weeks

Plastic bag 10 - 20 years

  Cotton fabric 1-5 months Nylon fabric 30 - 40 years
  Orange and banana peel up to 2 years Tin can 50 - 100 years
  Cigarette butt 1 - 5 years Glass or Plastic bottles indefinitely
  Plastic-coated paper 5 years  

Adapted from the Community Section of the Seaweek 98 Education Kit by Janette & Bob Houston.

Activity 3: What Wastes Where?


Our coastline with its rivers, bays and harbours connects the land with the sea. We can all help to care for our coast and the wildlife that relies on it. Consider what we drop, flush, wash or throw away. Where is away? Where does it go?


  • to consider where household wastes go.


  • Discuss what wastes are produced by an average household at home and while down the street or on the land/farm. List the types of wastes and the methods for their disposal.
  • Create a class survey, ask students to fill this in with their family and a friend or neighbour.
  • Use the results to create a waste map of your area.

Adapted from the Seaweekë94 Activity Sheet by Glen Tonges

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