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Members are invited to attend our Incorporation Meeting.

Members of FoGSV may be wondering why we are having a meeting to become incorporated – many of you probably thought that we were already incorporated.

Up until a couple of years ago we were affiliated with the Friends of Parks, which IS an incorporated body, and hence we were covered through our affiliation with them.

Due to changes within Friends of Parks, which altered the criteria for eligibility, we were informed that we no longer met this new criteria – because we did not carry out hands-on volunteer works within the State’s Protected Area System under the direct approval and supervision of DEWNR Park Rangers. So we were asked in writing not to renew our membership in 2012.

This did not at first raise alarm bells, as the consequences were not immediately realised. They became apparent earlier this year when we were changing signatures at the Bendigo Bank to enable the new office bearers to carry out their functions. The Bendigo Bank informed us that they could find no trace of us being a legal entity and under the law they were not able to deal with us unless we were.

Due to our loss of affiliation with the Friends of Parks we were no longer covered by their Incorporation or name.

We have since applied for, and received from the Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, a temporary name which runs out on 26th June if not confirmed by us by Incorporation.

I hope that this clears up any confusion and that we will see a good number of you at the Incorporation meeting for which we also hope to have a speaker and provide nibbles.
We urge as many members as possible to attend. It will be a good opportunity to touch base with some of the committee and also meet other members.

We now have a speaker confirmed – Janine baker, Marine Ecologist & Educator. Read below to find out more about her talk.

“What’s in the Gulf? 

The Weird and Wonderful Marine
Animals of Gulf St Vincent”

Janine Baker, marine ecologist and educator from citizen science group South Australian Conservation Research Divers (SACReD), will present a slideshow  about some of the less commonly seen, unusual and endemic species found in GSV waters. Some of the content is based upon the exploratory surveys undertaken around gulf waters during the past decade, by SACReD members and associates.

When: Sunday 15th June
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Henley Sailing Club – 1 Seaview Rd / Esplanade, West Beach

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to friendsofgulfstvincent@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Click here to download the pdf invite

This is an article sourced from the ABC Website:

New technology to map the seabed could lead to more frequent monitoring of the health of seagrass off the South Australian coast.

SA Water and a Taiwanese university are testing the technology in Saint Vincent Gulf, towing a sensor behind a boat.

Read more here

Additional to this article is a channel 7 news report which includes video. Click here to view

Download the Media Release – 050514-MediaRelease-seagrassmapping

Seabed Mapping

Seabed Mapping

Cuttlefish are in potential danger if the BHP desalination plant goes ahead in the Spencer Gulf. The video below is from ABC’s Catalyst program & gives insight into why the BHP desalination plant may affect Cuttlefish numbers, and, in time may even lead to their extinction.

Point Lowly, at the top of Spencer Gulf is a Cuttlefish breeding area. The extra salt pumped back into the gulf will result in higher levels of salinity, which affects growth and mortality of the Cuttlefish eggs. BHP have said that they have taken this into account. However, Oceanographer Associate Professor Jochen Kaempf has stated that the ‘dodge tide’ which happens 3-5 times a month has the ability to stir up & move the toxic sludge resulting from salt dumping further into the Cuttlefish breeding environment.

These are highly intelligent, unique and amazing creatures that need to be protected, so please watch the video & if you would like to find out more about the desalination plant, download the BHP report below.

Download the BHP Billiton Marine Environment Report Here

Dilution Model

Dilution Model which shows where the salt will travel, according to BHP’s report

Here’s some information about Cuttlefish courtesy Wikipedia httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv6thIcy0LE

See below a letter from a concerned citizen about the proposed hillside mine at Pine Point.

 
Hi Val
Thankyou for listening to my concerns today.
 
As you are now aware I am concerned about the damage that will be done to a very unique part of our South Australian coast line once a road is built along the top of the cliffs to skirt the proposed Hillside Mine at Pine Point. I believe the colours in the cliffs rival the cliffs of Rainbow Beach in Queensland which are a tourist attraction for that state. In thinking this, I may be overselling them, but I do not think so. The fact is few people have seen these cliffs for they can only be reached on foot, even though they begin just past the first head land, about 200 metres from the car park. I am anxious to get second opinions.
 
With so many concerns being raised by locals about the proposed mine, people are overlooking the destruction that will occur to this unique coastal asset. When the tide is in, the little bays with the coloured cliffs behind, provide a beautiful and peaceful beach walk. Unfortunately this will be lost forever next year, once gullies are filled in, tops of cliffs levelled and rubble pushed down the cliff face, in order to build the new main road that will run along the top.
 
Regretfully I think the mine will go ahead which will be a tragedy for all generations that follow ours. Taking the road inland would however at least be one good thing that could be done for the generations that follow ours.
Enclosed are a few photos I took on my phone at Easter. These photos include a random shot which shows the incredible range of rocks that are scattered all along the foreshore, another feature of this area.
Pine Point Cliffs
Pine Point Cliffs
Rocks scattered all along the foreshore

Rocks scattered all along the foreshore

My hope is that people will take notice of these cliffs before it is too late, and if they agree with me, then action will be taken to see that the road is redirected inland, not along the coast.
 
Regards
Bob Hawes
 

If you have any input into this issue, please use our comments area below to have your say. Thanks

 

Interesting article on the PLOS One site:

Anthropogenic litter is present in all marine habitats, from beaches to the most remote points in the oceans. On the seafloor, marine litter, particularly plastic, can accumulate in high densities with deleterious consequences for its inhabitants. Yet, because of the high cost involved with sampling the seafloor, no large-scale assessment of distribution patterns was available to date. Here, we present data on litter distribution and density collected during 588 video and trawl surveys across 32 sites in European waters.

We found litter to be present in the deepest areas and at locations as remote from land as the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The highest litter density occurs in submarine canyons, whilst the lowest density can be found on continental shelves and on ocean ridges. Plastic was the most prevalent litter item found on the seafloor. Litter from fishing activities (derelict fishing lines and nets) was particularly common on seamounts, banks, mounds and ocean ridges. Our results highlight the extent of the problem and the need for action to prevent increasing accumulation of litter in marine environments.

Marine Litter

Marine Litter

Read more and view figures and images here

We thought this article was very interesting.

It was written by Jason Tetro – Microbiology, Health & Hygiene Expert, on the Huffington Post website. This kind of issue affects every beach. This was written in the US, as they head into Summer (lucky!)

A starter snippet below…

At this time of year, almost everyone is awaiting the inevitable end to winter and the beginning of the warmer weather of spring. But many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and instead journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth, both climactic and interpersonal. Amongst the most popular destinations, including Florida, California and the Caribbean, exist some of the most desirable beaches where millions congregate to take in the joys of sun, sea, sand, and unfortunately germs.

Read more here

Sylvia Earle is the leading lady of marine biology, in fact the leading person full stop. Here she explains why the oceans are important & how we can protect them. She tells us about her one wish to change the world & is a total inspiration. Well worth watching!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43DuLcBFxoY

Some more information about Sylvia here:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/sylvia-earle/

Over the next month – 10th April to 10th May – BirdLife Australia (nationally) is running a promotion to farewell our migratory shorebirds and follow them on their journeys along the East Asia – Australasia migratory flyway.

You can sign in to the Farewell Shorebirds web page to receive weekly email updates on where the birds are at and what they are doing. Prizes on offer too!

Web page links – Background Information: http://birdlife.org.au/media/help-us-farewell-the-shorebirds/ & Sign-up Page: http://farewellshorebirds.org.au/