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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?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Climbing Perch Stepping Across the Torres Strait

This amazing little fish from Papua New Guinea is causing some concern in Far North Queensland.

"Researchers and rangers are monitoring the climbing perch, which has already overrun waterways on two Queensland islands in the Torres Strait," ABC news said today. Read more here


This excellent exhibition is for teachers. We'd love to see you there!

Injured Black Swan released after removing fishing hooks and line

Learn more about this story on the Kids Investigating Sea Solutions pages here

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Tasmanian Coastal Litter and Marine Debris Survey

Title: Exploring education responses to coastal litter and marine debris in Tasmania through collaborative learning and participation

Marine debris and litter on coastlines is globally recognised as a growing and pervasive problem. Tasmania, being an island state, experiences a range of issues and impacts and is well placed to investigate coastal litter and marine debris problems and solutions.
Emerging research in Tasmania is seeking to understand how people work and learn together and explore education approaches in response to coastal litter and marine debris issues.
The PhD study aims to explore collaboration, learning and participation in education responses to coastal litter and marine debris in Tasmania. It commences with a survey to capture a snapshot of the perceptions and experiences of Tasmanian coastal stakeholders to help identify gaps, strengths and opportunities for education approaches.
This is an opportunity for Tasmanian’s to share their views and experiences and to help inform future responses to coastal litter and marine debris.
All coastal stakeholders are invited to participate in an online survey.

The survey is open until 30th June 2015 and takes 15- 30 minutes to complete. Hard copies are available on request.
This study is led by Leah Page, PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, UTas, is supported by the Alcorso Foundation and the Bookend Trust, and has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee H0014628.
Please get involved and help inform future education responses to coastal litter and marine debris in Tasmania.
For more information, contact Leah Page at or 0438 454 260.

Photo: Leah Page with a collection of litter she cleaned up from her local beach. By Barb Lennox.

For more details about this communication:

Ms Leah Page
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education
University of Tasmania  0438 454 260
View Leah Page’s profile here