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Seaweek 2013: Sustainable Seas

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Fish and People

Fish and People is a 5 module video education series with accompanying lesson plans and teaching resources developed for use in the Solomon Islands education system. It uses animation to visualise invisible life cycle and fishery management concepts. While the original target audience was the high school system in the Solomon Islands and PNG, F & P is proving popular with a much broader range of audiences across the Indo Pacific. The program's plain language style and engaging motion graphic explanations span introductory life cycle explanations through to first year university level marine ecology and fisheries biology concepts. F & P also covers the processes that underpin the importance and function of spawning aggregations: (e.g. larval dispersal, size at maturity, fecundity etc.).   

Based on an original idea by Simon Foale, and co-written with Russell Kelley who developed and directed the program's engaging graphical storytelling. One of the key problems associated with communicating fisheries management concepts is the invisibility of much of the life cycle associated with coral reef species. Fish and People overcomes this problem by creating a comprehensive animated explanation of: (1) reef species life cycles, (2) larval dispersal / planktonic concepts, (3) population biology processes, and, (4) the application of the above to fishery and marine protected area management. 

Fish and People combines exquisite motion graphics with best practice communication design. Each module supported by a lesson plan for teachers. 

You can see some stillframe grabs from the videos here:

Get a quick fix of the scope and style of the motion graphic storytelling by watching Module 4  here:

You can see all the movies in the Fish and People Vimeo channel here :

You can download a table of contents for the 5 modules here:


Australia wide

Sharks need showers too

Help protect the Coral Sea's cleaning station

Past the Barrier Reef out in the Coral Sea, in the crystal clear blue of the Osprey Reef there’s a whole lot of action going down.

There’s a place where big sea creatures go to get clean – where sharks, rays and other big fish converge and get their scales and daggy bits pampered and clipped. Shrimps and small cleaner fish wait with baited breath, and when the crusty sharks and dirty rays swim in, they set to work nibbling their worries away. It’s intriguing and it’s wonderful, but it’s also important. It’s nature at work keeping the seas clean. And we should respect it. And protect it.

The Australian Government has released their draft maps for the Coral Sea. We’re almost there, but this bit’s missing. Please ask the Minister to include it in the final sanctuary areas for the marine park, because sharks need showers too. 



Australia wide


The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is coming to Australia for the first time this March.

  1. Description of films that celebrate the ocean, its creatures and cultures, or ocean activities.

  2. Film Festival from San Francisco.

The inaugural Australian - San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is proud to bring North America’s premier cinemaquatic© film event for ocean-related independent films to 6 cities around Australia. Offering a carefully curated group of diverse films that capture the beauty, power and mysteries of the ocean, SFIOFF solicits documentaries, narratives and animated films of varying lengths from around the world. Film topics focus on all aspects of our Blue Planet, including ocean exploration, wildlife, conservation, seafaring adventures, sports and coastal cultures.

Screening for one night only in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Sydney and Townsville in 2013. The festival experience features a collection of breath taking films that are educating, engaging and entertaining audiences about the importance of our world’s ocean and its resources.

To view the trailer, read about the 2013 films, and book tickets, visit

Tour dates:
BRISBANE 5 March – Schonell Cinema UQ PERTH 6 March – State Theatre of WA
ADELAIDE 7 March – Palace Nova TOWNSVILLE 8 March – Riverway Arts Centre
CAIRNS 9 March – Event Cinema Grafton st SYDNEY 21 March – Hayden Orpheum

MEDIA INFORMATION AND HI-RES IMAGES: Jemima Robinson, Adventure Reels
0404 846 399




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