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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fresh-water algae for “organic” food ingredient production in cities

Algae farming for food ingredients is coming to cities. It is an important part of future urban aquaponics.  

Qponics Limited directors are now planning to hold a breakfast lecture meeting soon at the Brisbane Technology Park Conference Centre to further outline a joint venture now planned for fresh-water algae for “organic” food ingredient production in Brisbane, Australia, and in the United Kingdom. 

The latest news release (click here) outlines what Dr Graeme Barnett, CEO and Managing Director of  Qponics Limited, will be talking about – fresh-water, urban algae farming for vegetarian-quality omega-3 oils and proteins grown from clean organic wastes and from clean carbon dioxide wastes.

So, next year Brisbane warehouses close to suppliers of waste organic matter and waste carbon dioxide, will start to have algae production plants.

For more information visit

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Irukandji Jellyfish

World's deadliest fishing - Irukandji Jellyfish

The Nature of Science

Monday, July 27, 2015

50 Shades of Nudibranch by Earth Touch

Those readers who love nature will find Earth Touch a great place to visit online at
and they even have a Wild Oceans section with interesting collections like this one.

Well done, Earth Touch and Wild Oceans.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

SEA TURTLE; art & craft project

Sea turtles start out by hatching from eggs under the sand of a beach. They risk their lives as they race to get to the sea. They spend years at sea and when a female is old enough she returns close to where she was born to lay her own eggs.
In this activity we will make a mother turtle.

What you need:
·        Card or manila folder
·        Scissors
·        Glue
·        Texta, black and green
·        Photocopy templates to use as guides
·        Optional, use of onion skin to create shell pattern
What to do:
·        Using the illustrations as a guide cut an egg shaped piece of card or manila folder

·        Using the cut out as a guide draw the turtle head, body, tail and flippers

·        Colour the scaly skin using a green texta

·        Colour in two eyes with a black texta or paint

·        Cut out pieces of card or onion skin and decorate the top of the shell

·        Cut out the pieces of card to create the breast plate on the underside of the shell

·        Put the head, flippers and tail template between the upper shell and the breast plate

     ·        Secure with glue

 You can see AUSMEPA art activities on their new Kids Investigating Sea Solutions webpage here

AUSMEPA making a difference in the USA

Working to make a difference sometimes feels like calling out in the dark. Is anyone listening? Then you recieve a communication like this...

Hi there, I wanted to send you a 'thank you' for your webpage ( I am a mentor for a group of students at an after school program, and I've recently been teaching them about marine and how all species are affected when we don't take care of our planet. I just wanted to let you know that your information on ocean conservation has been a big help!

One of my students (Andrea) took a lot of this information to heart and brought in an article to teach the class about ocean pollution. I think it would also be helpful to your visitors as well! "Clean Our Oceans: The Impact of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch" -

Would you mind including the article on your page for me? I thought that it would fit in well with your information, and she would be proud to see that she is able to help make a difference in the world. Let me know if you get the chance to update - and thanks again for the great website!

Have a great day,

Thanks, Joan for your support and right back atcha. The web link you provided has lots more information of interest to teachers and students.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues

Seagrasses are a vitally important component of healthy coastal waters. They've been described as the 'canaries' of the sea and revered as indicators of healthy or unhealthy systems. Students may find this clip, from the Intergation and Application Network, a different way to take in some special information about why we need to keep an eye on them. Perhaps it might inspire some students to try their own hand at creating a marine story in song?