World Ocean Day at Fingal Bay a #togetherwecan Event

Port Stephens Community out in force putting their hands up to say #togetherwecan for World Oceans Day
Port Stephens Community out in force putting their hands up to say #togetherwecan for World Oceans Day

 

IT was a hands up success for the first Fingal Forage where event participants scavenged for trash around Fingal Bay in a #togetherwecan event.

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Lia Pereira Sea Shelters, Director, Marketing & Events Team Leader told News Of The Area, “There were heaps of plastic cups from the containers that were part of the cargo from containers washed off YM Efficiency in June 2018 off the coast of Port Stephens.

“They have been washing up on Nelson Bay beaches continuously lately.”

Sea Shelter’s Fingal Forage was a tremendous unique day, it saw 139 visitors forming 27 groups attend and learn from 26 of the most amazing array of experts.

In one great big race and activity sheet the Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative taught them about micro plastics on our beaches and animals in the rock pools.

Take 3 for the Sea educated participants on the disastrous effects of plastic and together they created a pledge.

Plastic Free Port Stephens assisted them in entering their rubbish data into the Tangaroa Blue AMDI app so important for understanding waste patterns.

While, the Marine Parks Association educated the teams on sanctuary zones and where or what you can fish for in Port Stephens.

Kelpies Clean Up showed them the types of crab traps that kill Sea Turtles and how they can be adjusted to protect them.

“Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters educated on choosing sustainable seafood, using the Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide app and Ocean ID of unique species and invasive plants; and, our own Sea Shelter taught the children the correct rescuing technique for Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles and Sea Snakes, and about the life cycles and road blocks of species that need to travel from the rivers to the sea,” she said.

Sea Shelter also conducted a special activity using people peddle power to light up the location of the hidden treasure chest.

The #togetherwecan photos featured in this issue of News Of The Area, are a symbol of unity across the world with the World Oceans Day Message “Together we can protect and restore our Ocean”

The day turned out to be a huge success with praise from the participants.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

 

Port Stephens Community out in force putting their hands up to say #togetherwecan for World Oceans Day

 

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