AUSMEPA eNewsletter Summer 2014
School's out but not for long and the Aussie summer in full swing. A great time to visit the beach! Have a look at a mystery object that some excited beach goers found recently in our Ocean Whispers blog (below).
Welcome to the Board
It is AUSMEPA's pleasure to welcome Mr Stephen Thompson from well renowned law firm in Sydney 'Holman Fenwick & Willan' to the AUSMEPA Board. We look forward to working with you, Stephen!
At the November 2014 AGM the Board was voted as follows;
Chairman : Mr Warwick Norman (RightShip Pty Ltd.)Deputy Chairman: Captain Conrad Saldanha (Origin Energy)
VIP's visit AUSMEPA stallHere I'm showing the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development the Hon Warren Trust MP and Mick Kinley CEO Australian Maritime Safety Authority around the AUSMEPA display at the Maritime 14 Ship to Shore conference in Melbourne during November.
Kids Investigating Sea Solutions (KISS)
AUSMEPA is currently building a new flexible student website for helping our marine environment. It will support a wide range of marine issues that are of ongoing interest as well as those that become topical over time. The main areas of interest will include action projects, habitats, marine creatures and other topics that spring up all the time.
An example of a major topic may be mangroves, a marine and coastal issue that students and communities can relate to. The values of mangroves are poorly understood and are far more valuable than people assume. Areas that would be covered:
Such a topic can be fitted into a number of areas in science and geography of the Australian Curriculum.
New Art activities coming
At AUSMEPA we are well aware that implementing many learning styles gives students a better understanding of what they are learning.
This year we will begin providing a series of Art activities, just for fun. The activities may range from creating a coral reef from recycled materials to paper boat building.
Rhondda Alexander Marine Education Grant 2014
At the close of the 2014 school year three schools in South East Melbourne made great use of their Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant (RAMEG). Here is what they found.
Looking for Signs – What's Left Behind?
On 2 December 2014, thirty students from three schools - St Joseph's Primary School Black Rock, Beaumaris Primary School and Stella Maris Primary School Beaumaris - participated in a whole day excursion at Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary facilitated by EcoCentre teacher Andrea Eales.
The students learned to identify indigenous sea birds, explored an Aboriginal shell midden with Dean Stewart from the Boon Wurrung Foundation, and collaborated to conduct mollusc and marine plastics surveys. The students also created an alphabet of Port Phillip Bay marine life, and interviewed 18-year-old naturalist Gio Fitzpatrick, the EcoCentre Youth Wildlife Ambassador.
For many students, this was their first experience seeing another school campus, and the participants enjoyed collaborating.
Rockpool Ramble & Foreshore Shell Surveys
Students worked in four groups to conduct Baykeeper shell surveys and record their findings including measurements, descriptions and photos of shells. This data contributes to ongoing research comparing climate data to the size and distribution of molluscs.
"We found a shark egg! They are camouflaged like seaweed for safety."
Students used various methods to search for nurdles, pre-production plastic pellets, in the organic material along the high tide line in one square metre quadrats. The students found fewer than ten nurdles, an excellent result (particularly when compared to neighbouring beaches where thousands can be collected in 15 minutes). The students hypothesised why the numbers might be low, for example tide patterns or the shape of the coast "protecting" one spot from nurdles. They also compared the quantity of post-consumer litter and considered prevention strategies.
"Whenever I'm down at the beach [in future], I will try to find nurdles."
"How many nurdles are there [everywhere]?"
The students visited an Aboriginal shell midden and compared modern packaging to the footprint of the First Peoples. After a smoke ceremony to cleanse and welcome the boys and girls to Country, Dean Stewart shared the geographic history of Port Phillip Bay and the customs of Boon Wurrung culture, particularly the journeys of young people the same age as the students -- and their observational skills for knowing Country.
New Ship Members
AUSMEPA welcome TSAKOS Columbia Ship Management with 5 ships and Asian-Alliance Ship Management with 3 ships to the AUSMEPA Ship Membership Scheme.
A bit more about ASM...
Asian-Alliance Management (ASM) is a "one-stop shop" in the industry offering comprehensive ship management solutions. Owned and run by experienced and well respected marine industry professionals, it has a hands-on and result-oriented management style. By virtue of its founders being from the three biggest ship management companies, their synergy offers excellent industry practices to its clients.
ASM is a firm believer in having the best personnel ashore and at sea. It takes pride in adhering to international standards, providing quality services and being cost effective. The company's vision is to run ships with total commitment and protect owners' assets.
Mystery object at Coogee Beach
How exciting is it to discover some new strange thing as we walk along our amazing Aussie beaches on hot summer days.
See more Ocean Whispers articles here