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Seaweek 2013: Sustainable Seas

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Seaweek Banner:

MESA has produced a banner which promote Seaweek 2013. I have attached a low resolution version. If you would like to print some out for display and distribution, it will help spread the Seaweek 2013 message.  It can also be laminated, and used as a bookmark. Please let me know if you would like a high resolution version of banner for printing, and I will send one (7 megabytes each). Please recycle any printed materials after the event too! Email Janine Baker

South Australia

Some South Australian marine events coming up during and following Sea Week 2013, are listed below in chronological order:

Marine Species Conservation Display:

During Seaweek 2013, there will be an educational marine photo display at the Victor Harbor Public Library (1 Bay Rd Victor Harbor):

The display, by community-based marine research and education group South Australian Conservation Research Divers (SACReD), is running from early March to mid-April, and will highlight some of the rare, endemic and/or potentially threatened marine species that occur in the coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent and Encounter Bay. Educational materials will also be on display, and freely available. For more information, please contact me:

Ocean Films: On the 7th March, the Adelaide screening of the International Ocean Film Festival is being held at the Palace Nova, 250-251 Rundle St, Adelaide. A flyer is attached. The film festival aims to educate, engage and entertain audiences, with films that capture the beauty, power and mysteries of the oceans. The web site provides more details.

A Melbourne screeing has been arranged for 22nd March at the RMIT Capitol Theatre starting at 7 pm.

Tickets available from


Dune Care Seminar:

Shortly after Seaweek 2013, on 19th March there will be a Dune Care seminar being run by the Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach.  An information flyer is attached. The day includes talks on dune care, marine debris (Taronga Blue Foundation), stormwater and sediment analysis (community-based marine monitoring, MDC) and Feral and In Peril species (Reef Watch).  


Marine Sustainability Play:

From March 18th to April 12th,  there will be an educational play for 4-11 year olds, titled "Call of the Blobfish". The production by Gaia Theatre explores  ideas around marine life sustainability, marine habitats and ocean zones, and respect for creatures of the sea. The play also employs the themes of teamwork, active listening, respect for the elderly and community awareness. More information about the play can be found on the Gaia Theatre web site:


Marine-related events at Leafy Seadragon Festival 2013: From 12th - 21st April, the 2013 Leafy Seadragon Festival will be held in Yankalilla, Normanville and surrounds. The web site contains much information about the diverse and engaging program of events . Please let me know if you would like a printed poster about the festival, for display.  There are free events relating to the coastal and marine environment, and also many other events, about the Fleurieu environment, heritage, history, arts and literature, music and performance, and youth and children's activities. 

As an example of a marine event, Reef Watch will be giving two free presentations at the festival, on Saturday 13th April (6 pm) and Sunday 14th April (11 am), about marine life in the leafy seadragon's world. Specimens, images and a marine biologist will contribute to the event: The Reef Watch presentations will be at the Normanville Natural Resource Centre (NNRC), 3/50 Main St, Normanville. 

Also at the NNRC during the Leafy Seadragon Festival, will be an educational marine photo slideshow, about rare, endemic and potentially threatened species of the Fleurieu Peninsula, presented by the South Australian Conservation Research Divers (SACReD): The free marine photo slideshow runs from 10am to 3pm, on 12th April, and also 15th - 19th April, and additional marine educational materials about species of conservation concern in South Australian waters will be provided.  


A number of free arts events during the Leafy Seadragon Festival 2013 include coast and marine themes. One example is the Mulberry Farm Sculpture Walk - a free event running throughout the festival, which invites visitors to follow an environmental sculpture trail through a beautiful property at Yankalilla: The theme of the sculpture trail is "Land and Sea of the Fleurieu", and more than 30 South Australian artists have created for this event, sculptures in steel, bronze, wood, glass, limestone, ceramic, natural fibre and other materials. Another marine-themed arts event during the Leafy Seadragon Festival 2013 is: Reefs of the Fleurieu: a Perspective in Sculpture, being held in a studio at Mulberry Farm:



Marine Debris Teaching Resource:

Also of relevance to Seaweek 2013 sustainability theme, MarineWATERs in WA has developed marine education lesson plans and resources suitable for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, on the theme "Un-fantastic Plastic":


Clean Up Australia:

Some forthcoming dates from Clean up Australia that are also relevant to Seaweek 2013, and sustainable seas. A good time of the year to remind ourselves that land-based litter can easily end up in coastal waterways: 

Community Clean Up Day: Sunday 3rd March 2013

Schools Clean Up Day: Friday 1st March 2013

Business Clean Up Day: Tuesday 26th February 2013

Sustainable Seafood:

On the topic of Sustainable Seas, Australian Marine Conservation Society has produced an on-line guide and a free phone app, on Sustainable  Seafood. The guide includes species that are "better choices" (green code) in terms of sustainability; those for which consumers should "think twice" before eating (amber code), and those species which consumers should "say no" (red code) to eating, in terms of marine resource sustainability -  e.g.


The MESA web site has some examples of how you can become involved in Seaweek:

There are also many coastal and marine educational resources on the MESA web site:


If organisations or individuals have some activities planned for Seaweek 2013, MESA would be happy to promote your activities on the web site. Please let me know, and I will forward your event details to the web manager at MESA.   


Ocean Acidification Art Challenge Media Launch
Monday March 4th 2pm – 3.30pm St Kilda Beach

Victorian school students are invited to participate in the $50,000 Ocean Acidification Art Challenge. Open to all Year 9 -12 students; this Victoria-based pilot is the start of what the Ocean Ark Alliance hopes will become a national and international initiative.

The competition will be launched at a free media event open to all school students and teachers on Monday the 4th of March at St Kilda Beach. At this event, students will work with artists and Marine educators to create an interactive piece of art that communicates this sleeping climate issue, sometimes referred to as “the other CO2 challenge”. For more information on ocean acidification there are fantastic resources available at: To register your interest in attending the project launch, contact MESA representative Andrew Vance or 0438 201 725.

Sustainable Seas Marine Education Day

9am – 2pm Thursday 7th March – Marine Care Ricketts Point

Open to all students from grade 5 to year 12 with activities tailored to curriculum standards, this full day brings together marine experts from MESA, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Aquarium, Monash University, the Earth Watch Institute, the Ocean Ark Alliance, the Gould League, Marine Care Ricketts Point, Pelican Expeditions, Nautilus Educational and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Introduced marine pests
    Marine debris
    Marine Protected Areas
    Sustainable seafood
    Climate change and the ocean

There will be a variety of interactive activities and expert presentations, so please register your interest fast! Maximum capacity of 200 students. Register your class by contacting MESA Vice president Andrew Vance- or 0438 201 725

From 2-10 March, Melbourne Aquarium is celebrating National Seaweek, where visitors will be indulged with a variety of exciting, interactive family activities and presentations to raise awareness about the understanding and appreciation of the ocean and its living organisms.

Join us and celebrate this year’s theme Sustainable Seas, by visiting our Discovery Table, where our talented Education Staff will teach you how you can ‘think global, act local’ and do your bit to protect our oceans. Learn all you need to know about sustainable fishing and making the right choices when you visit your fish monger – don’t miss your chance to meet our ambassadors Sharkie and Annie!

From our live specimen displays, food web activities and special presentations, Melbourne Aquarium has something for the whole family to enjoy throughout National Seaweek.




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