Wednesday, February 29, 2012

INTERMPA to address CHINA MARITIME Clean Ships, Seas, Shores and Ports Conference

FEBRUARY 29, 2012

China Maritime Week 2012

Tues February 28, 2012 10:00 - 18.00
Wed, February 29, 2012 10:00 - 18:00
Thurs, March 3,
2012 10:00 - 17:00

CHINA MARITIME  2012 Clean Ships, Seas, Shores and Ports Conference and Luncheon, proudly sponsored by Det Norke Veritas is on tomorrow, March 1st.
The Conference is being held from 0900 - 1700hrs in meeting room S427 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
FREE ADMISSION – includes lunch – register at the entrance to Hall 5G
Please see the following press release for full details of the event.
Clean Seas, Ships, Shores and Ports
One of the highlights of China Maritime Week, currently underway in Hong Kong,tomorrow’s Cleans Seas, Ships, Shores and Ports conference offers a showcase of best maritime sustainability practices.
The conference will be held in Meeting Room S427 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 09:00 to 17:00. Attendance is free to all, and includes lunch.
The event is intended to:
• Constructively build shared understanding between industry,
  environmental experts and other key stakeholders.
• Showcase local and global best practices in the area of
  maritime sustainability.
• Generate a new shared vision of Hong Kong’s ocean future.
Among those addressing the conference will be World Ocean Council (WOC)founder Paul Holthus and INTERMEPA’s Neil Baird – both highly regarded authorities on environmental issues, representing the pragmatic, non-extremist side of the debate. Speakers will present how their organisation is contributing to local and global maritime sustainability.
During the open discussion format, speakers and participants will illuminate key areas for urgent action and explore possible pathways for local, regional and global initiatives. The conference will also explore the potential for co-ordinated efforts for the benefit of the seas, our industry, our companies, Hong Kong and its people.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


United Nations Association of Australia
World Environment Day Awards 2012


Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects from across Australia through the World Environment Day Awards.

The Awards invite nominations from individuals, organisations and businesses that have taken positive steps towards sustainability and demonstrated environmental excellence in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces.

In 2012, the Awards are held in support of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All and United Nations World Environment Day 2012 'Green Economy: Does it include you?'.

The 2012 Award Categories are:
·       Biodiversity Award
·       BHP Billiton Business Awards
·       Virgin Australia Community Award
·       Environmental School Award
·       Excellence in Marine and Coastal Management Award
·       Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award
·       Green Building Award
·       Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment
·       Local Government Awards
·       Media Award for Environmental Reporting
·       Peter Szental Award for Sustainability Entrepreneurship
·       Sustainability Education Award
·       Sustainability Leadership Awards


Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held on Friday 8 June at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

For more information about the Awards, including entry criteria and nomination forms, please

If you have any enquiries, don’t hesitate to contact the UNAA Victoria office on             (03) 9670 7878       or via

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Ocean Whispers have received a letter of concern from conservationists who tell us that Queensland's Kepple Island is under threat from development that will cause destruction of acres of natural habitat. Should some pieces of coastal land remain or be allowed to return to a natural state? Those finding merit with this consideration which seeks to

  • oppose the development of Lot 21 (875 ha) for villas and a golf  course.  I support the state government’s assessment that Lot 21 be reserved for conservation purposes. The current lease of Lot 21 is for recreation and public access, not real estate.
  • oppose the building of a marina at Putney Beach due to the damage that will be caused to the sensitive marine environment in the vicinity including fringing coral reefs.
 may choose to click here if wishing to register their details for a petition.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to Prevent a Shark Attack, Jennifer Kennedy

Australian Geographic notes that t
here have been 873 shark attacks in Australia since records began in 1791, 211 of which have been fatal.  See webpage with excellent diagram here 

With her permission please find the following interesting article by Jennifer Kennedy on shark attacks with a few insights for those whose fears exceed the danger and some for those whose don't.

Photo courtesy of Tony Isaacson, Fiji

How to Prevent a Shark Attack

By Jennifer Kennedy, Guide

Even though you're more likely to die from a lightning strike, alligator attack or on a bicycle than from a shark attack, sharks do sometimes bite humans. According to the International Shark Attack File there were 79 cases of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide in 2010. The top 3 attacking shark species were the white, tiger and bull sharks.

There are many ways (most of them common-sense) that you can avoid a shark attack. Below is a list of what not to do if you'll be swimming in waters where sharks might be present, and techniques for getting away alive if a shark attack really does happen.

What Not to Do:

·                    Don't swim alone.
·                    Don't swim during dark or twilight hours.
·                    Don't swim with shiny jewelry.
·                    Don't swim if you have an open wound.
·                    Don't swim too far offshore.
·                    Ladies: don't swim if you're menstuating.
·                    Don't splash excessively or make erratic movements.
·                    Keep pets out of the water.
·                    Don't swim in areas where there are sewage (for other obvious reasons!) or pinnipeds     
           [seals or sealions] that are hauled-out. Both areas can attract sharks.
·                    Don't swim in areas being used by fishermen, as their bait could attract sharks.
·                    Don't push your luck - never harass a shark. Get out of the water if one is spotted.

What to Do If You're Attacked:

Let's hope you've followed the advice above and successfully avoided an attack. But what do you do if you suspect a shark's in the area or are being attacked?
·                    If you feel something brush against you, get out of the water. According to an article from National Geographic, many shark bite victims don't feel any pain. And sharks may strike more than once.

·                    If you are attacked, the rule described here is "do whatever it takes to get away." Possibilities include yelling underwater, blowing bubbles, and punching the shark's nose, eye or gills and then leaving the area before the shark strikes again.

References and Additional Information:

·                    Burgess, George H. 2011. ISAF Statistics on Attacking Species of Shark. (Online). FL Museum of Natural History. Accessed January 30, 2012.
·                    Burgess, George H. 2009. ISAF 2008 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary (Online). FL Museum of Natural History. Accessed February 5, 2010.
·                    Burgess, George H. 1998. Just for Kids: How to Avoid a Shark Attack Reprinted with permission from The Kids' How to Do (Almost) Everything Guide, Monday Morning Books, Palo Alto, California. Accessed February 5, 2010.
·                    ISAF. 2009. International Shark Attack File. (Online). FL Museum of Natural History. Accessed February 5, 2010.
·                    Popular Mechanics. 2009. Survive Anything: How to Escape a Shark Attack. (Online) Popular Mechanics. Accessed February 5, 2010.
Shark Facts
·                    10 Facts About Sharks
·                    Great White Shark Profile
·                    What is the World's Largest Shark?
Shark Conservatoin
·                    Shark Conservation Act of 2009
·                    What Is Shark Finning?
More About Shark Attacks
·                    How to Avoid Sharks (Florida GuideSite)
Related Articles
·                    Florida Wildlife: Sharks
·                    Dangerous Creatures: Watch Out for the Aussie Nasties
·                    Tourist Attacked by Shark in Florida
·                    Beach Safety: Playing It Safe on Australian Beaches