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Monday, June 9, 2014

MERRI MARINE SANCTUARY SEMINAR, 21st June 2014, Warnambool, Vic


Reef Watch Merri Marine Seminar
Book your spot.Hi Friend, have you ever explored the Merri Marine Sanctuary near Warrnambool?
 
Its sandy bottom and rocky reef combine with oxygen-charged, nutrient rich waters to create a world brimming with marine life among giant kelp forests.
 
But how much do we really know about this sanctuary?
 
Join us for a two-day seminar in June and learn more about this incredible marine protected area – what we know, what we don’t know and how you can get involved!
 
Numbers are limited, and it's free, so you’ll need to book soon!
 
 
Day 1 – Saturday 21 June
 
• Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University, Warrnambool.
 
During the morning session hear from people who share a passion for the Merri Marine Sanctuary, with presentations from the Victorian National Parks Association’s Reef Watch program, Parks Victoria, Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary, Coastcare/ Landcare, Daktari Dive and Mad 4 Merri.
 
In the afternoon discover the world of the largest animal on Earth as Dr Margie Morrice talks about her Blue Whale Study.
 
Gunditjmirring Traditional Owners will tell us about their connection to the area, and we will enjoy underwater footage of the local marine protected areas including the launch of the new Merri Marine Sanctuary video.
 
 
Saturday night guest speaker
 
Coastcare hosts this special night with guest speaker Associate Professor John Sherwood, who will share his passion and knowledge of the Merri River mouth and Warrnambool breakwater.
 
Please join us in the La Bella room at the Foreshore Pavilion. Supper will be provided, the talk starts at 7.30pm.
 
 
Day 2 – Sunday 22 June
 
• Merri Marine Sanctuary.
 
On Sunday we’ll get out and enjoy the Merri Marine Sanctuary with a ‘Seasearch’ intertidal monitoring session, a chance to learn more about the Reef Watch ‘feral or in peril’ program and the opportunity to take a dive or snorkel.

If you do plan to dive or snorkel it is essential to register with Daktari Dive Shop before June 13, phone them on 03 5562 4006.


HOW TO BOOK
 
This two day Reef Watch seminar is free but numbers are limited so please book early.
Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

To book your spot and get the full agenda visit www.vnpa.eventbrite.com.au
 
 
Banner image: courtesy David Bryant, SEAPICS. Side image: courtesy Jane Bowman, OCEAN DIVERS.
       
 
Ph: 03 9347 5188  |  Email: vnpa@vnpa.org.au  |  Web: vnpa.org.au  |  Facebook




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