Monday, June 30, 2014

Marine debris collection: TomSea

There are lots of ways to do marine debris collection and we will highlight these from time to time. This clip demonstrates the one that TomSea have developed.


Mantas of the Great Barrier Reef

Manta Rays of the Great Barrier Reef BY Fabrice Jaine for the
2013 People's Choice Bommies Award

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maritime 14 - Ship to Shore, Melbourne 10-12 November

Registrations now open for Maritime 2014 - Ship to Shore.  Melbourne, Australia, 10-12 November 2014.
Australia’s inaugural national shipping and domestic commercial vessel conference
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority invites you to attend Australia’s inaugural national shipping and domestic vessel conference - Maritime 14: Ship to Shore.
Combining the knowledge and resources of Natship and the Marine Safety Conference, this event will provide a unique opportunity for people involved in both the shipping and domestic commercial vessel industries to discuss the latest maritime developments in regulations, safety, environment, seafarer qualifications, navigation and search & rescue.
With a concurrent exhibition, Maritime 2014 will provide a meeting place for industry representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge, as well as to establish personal and business connections.
Registrations are now open, for more information, please
As the inaugural event and a combination of two conference, Maritime 2014 is expected to draw a strong attendance from both the shipping and local commercial vessel industry. Conference participants will be keen to work together in discussing and raising issues involved with maritime operations across Australia
Aligning your organisation with this important conference ensures you continue to have a presence and are visibly involved with shaping the future of this industry.
Bookings for exhibition space and sponsorship are now open.  More information can be found on theMaritime 2014 website.   

Logo: Australian Government - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Maritime 2014 is proudly organised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Maritime 2014 Event Team
GPO Box 2181
Tel: +61 (0)2 6279 5032
Tel: +61 (0)2 6279 5098

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.

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
Banner image: courtesy David Bryant, SEAPICS. Side image: courtesy Jane Bowman, OCEAN DIVERS.
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