Summer Activities at Queenscliff MDC

The Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre is running a number of events in January, suitable for a range of age groups.

Try your hand at one (or more!) of nine craft classes, or join Rockpool Ramble, Seagrass Safari, Into the Blue, Canoe Explorers, Canoe Secret Lagoon, Family Fishing, one of a number of snorkelling activities, or the Marine Biology Cruise.

More information is available on the Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre web site.

What’s on this summer at Naturaliste MDC

There’s a number of interesting things happening at the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre in Perth.

An Abstract Ocean

An underwater photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer Shannon Conway will be presented in the foyer at NMDC from November until the end of January 2011.

When you delve into the marine world, things can take on a different perspective depending on how you look at them. This interactive exhibition will ‘zoom in’ on marine life…sometimes leaving you wondering what you are looking at?

There’s also a competition running – identify the marine creatures that don’t have a label, and enter to win a canvas print from the exhibition, valued at $295.

Read more on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site.

A Treasure Chest of Tails

The centre has a new Fish Tails activity for kids.

Fish have adapted to live in a wide range of aquatic habitats, and the shape of their tail or ‘caudal’ fin tells us a lot about the fish – for example, forked tails are for speed while rounded tails (with more surface area) provide more manoeuvrability.

Read more on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site.

School Holiday Activities

NMDC have come up with some special summer activities, designed to get you outdoors and exploring.

Join Beach Flotsam and Jetsam, Reef Explorer, A Year with the Ocean, or Fabulous Flying Fish, all on during January.

More details available on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site.

3rd Annual Marine Science Forum at Sapphire Coast MDC

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will be hosting the third annual Marine Science Forum on 26th and 27th March 2011.

The theme will be “Food for Thought” and topics covered will include oysters, sea urchins, sardines and salmon.

Presenters have been lined up and those interested are encourage to keep an eye on the Sapphire Coast MDC web site for more details.

Seaweek Educators’ Expo at Naturaliste MDC

The Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre in Western Australia will be hosting the 2011 Seaweek Educators’ Expo on Friday 25 February 2011.

Seaweek is the Marine Education Society of Australasia’s major annual education campaign to increase understanding and appreciation of the sea and its living organisms.

Seaweek is from 6th to 12th March 2011 and the theme is ‘Spotlight on Marine Science’. This theme profiles marine science endeavours exploring the earth’s least understood habitat, the marine environments of the world.

Find more details on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site.

Naturaliste MDCentre education program wins WA Science Award

The WA Department of Fisheries state-wide education program, operating out of the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre in Perth as well as locations around regional WA, has won the Science Outreach Initiative prize at the the 2010 Western Australian Science Awards.

Over the past year, 40,000 students and community members took part in 900 activities and programs developed and produced by Department staff.

Read more on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site

Annual Marine Discovery Centres Australia Network Meeting a huge success

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre staff and Board members were proud to show off our beautiful coastal waters when hosting the recent Annual Marine Discovery Centres Australia Network Meeting.  As well as representatives of MDCA, the group were joined by Fiona Ewing, SeaNet Officer with Oceanwatch.  Fiona is based in Tasmania and has been working closely with Woodbridge MDC recently.

Perfect autumn weather was the backdrop for a weekend packed full of activities, meetings and of course some social interaction.  The group had a comprehensive tour of our own Discovery Centre and participated in one of the many new Education Programs developed by Marine Teacher Steve White.  A spectacular snorkel tour from Merimbula Wharf to Bar Beach was a popular part of the weekend, with two huge rays and many beautiful tropical fish being seen.  A tour of Pelagic Fish Processors was also included; CEO Stan Soroka is also the Chair of SCMDC and is well-known for his thorough knowledge of Australian fisheries and their management and he ably fielded many questions about this hot topic.

MDCA was formed in 2005 when a small number of Discovery Centres met at Ballina to discuss sharing of ideas and resources as well as seeking sponsorships as a group.  It has now grown to include members from every state in Australia except for the Northern Territory.

Funding for transport and accommodation for this meeting as well as the last 2 was generously provided by the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).   FRDC was represented at the meeting by Julie Haldane.  Thanks also go to Leanne Barnes (BVSC) for facilitating a session for the group.

CMDC Teacher Steve White leading a rocky shore education program

CMDC Teacher Steve White leading a rocky shore education program

Andrew Denzin (TI) loved the different marine habitats

Andrew Denzin (TI) loved the different marine habitats

ohn Agnew & Tim Hoile (SA) and SCMDC Technical Officer Sheree Epe

ohn Agnew & Tim Hoile (SA) and SCMDC Technical Officer Sheree Epe

Jane Smith (Central Coast), Pam Elliott & Ros Asten (Tas) about to take the plunge

Jane Smith (Central Coast), Pam Elliott & Ros Asten (Tas) about to take the plunge

ichael Burke (WA) and Pam Elliott (Tas) enjoy dinner at Kitchen

ichael Burke (WA) and Pam Elliott (Tas) enjoy dinner at Kitchen

Refurbished Henley Beach MDC Officially Opened

Penny Wong signs the visitor bookThe newly refurbished Henley Beach Marine Discovery Centre was officially opened on March 26 by Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water.

The Henley Beach MDC has been in operation at Star of the Sea School in Adelaide for over 12 years and it was a very proud day for the 173 volunteers, 43 steering committee members, 26 building supporters, 71 annual sponsors, 129 “Fish” sponsors and the whole school community.

Read more on the Henley Beach Marine Discovery Centre web site

International Year of Biodiversity

From the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre:

The United Nations declared 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity to celebrate life on earth and the value of biodiversity for our lives.

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth — the plants, animals and micro-organisms, which are essential to sustain healthy ecosystems.

Biodiversity is important to humans as these networks provide us with vital services, which we depend on such as food, water, and air to breathe!

Western Australia is recognised as having eight of Australia’s 15 national biodiversity hotspots. Located across the State from the North Kimberley to the Fitzgerald River, Ravensthorpe in the south of the State, biodiversity hotspots are areas that are considered to be largely intact, supporting native species and high diversity of locally endemic species, which are found no where else in the world.

Humans are part of our rich biodiversity and we have the ability to help protect or destroy it.

Read more on the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre web site

Sapphire Coast Volunteer Recruitment

From Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre:

Our next Volunteer Guide Recruitment and Training Session will be held at the Marine Discovery Centre in Eden at 10am on Wednesday 10th February 2010. Anyone wishing to attend this Session should contact the Centre on 6496 1699 or email admin@sapphirecoastdiscovery.com.au

We look forward to welcoming a new group of Volunteer Guides for our growing Marine Discovery Centre. Any current Volunteers wishing to attend and meet some of the new folk will be most welcome.

Read more on the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre web site

Welcome to our newly hatched whitefin swell shark babies!!

From Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre:

We are proud to announce the safe arrival of four baby whitefin swell sharks.

Adult sharks of this species mated and laid eggs while they were in our pond in 2008, and we have cared for the eggs since then. It has taken 12 months, but four of those eggs hatched in November 2009.

As their egg cases were almost transparent, we were able to watch the growth of the babies over the course of their development.

Whitefin swell sharks are a bottom dwelling species, generally found in deep water on the upper continental slope around southern Australia. Adults grow to over 1.5m in length.

View photos and more information on the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre web site.

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