Steve Papp

 

Well, we did it again – Gunk in the Gulf, and what we can do – was a thought provoking forum with heaps of fascinating information to digest (pardon the pun) about the problems caused by plastics in the (not just) marine environment.

We were most fortunate to hear from four terrific speakers – all passionate about understanding the economics, complexities, ethics and implications of waste that ends up in our oceans – and particularly the pervasiveness and persistence of plastics.

John Phillips (CE of KESAB), Kristian Peters (AMLRNRM Marine Scientist), Sue Gibbs (Marine Mammal Biologist) and Sarah-Jo Lobwein (Marine ecology advocate) provided a range of angles on this vexing issue.

The elephant in the room for all speakers was the magnitude of rogue plastics in the world. There are five huge oceanic gyres of plastic swirling and growing larger – and our activities as consumers are NOT helping.

Common themes were:

  • Inconsistent policy here and abroad
  • Confusing and misleading information about plastics and recycling
  • A mismatch of resources, demand and ability to process recyclables
  • Insufficient information about options/alternatives
  • The importance of communities in taking action and effecting change

The impacts on marine animals and environments is shocking and graphic, but all to easy to NOT see. But our last speaker, Sarah-Jo, while reiterating much of what was said by John, Kristian and Sue, offered some practical actions that we can all take to turn around unconscious habits or even more importantly put pressure on retailers to change.

The take-home message is that we can ALL make relatively simple changes in our lives to stop adding to plastic wastes!

   

Friends of Gulf St Vincent
Recognised for 15 years of dedication to the conservation of the Gulf.
Yesterday (Sunday 18 November 2018) at the Volunteer Celebration event at Urrbrae Wetlands, hosted by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, we (FoGSV) were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for 15 years of service (in our current name). Many thanks to all involved over the years!

 

Gunk in our Gulf and what we can do about it…

it’s a MISSION POSSIBLE!

Friends of Gulf St Vincent are proud

to host this year’s Free Community Forum

Sunday 25 November 2018

Henley Sailing Club

Cnr Seaview Rd and Burbridge Rd, West Beach

2pm – 5pm

Featuring Sydney’s Sarah-Jo Lobwein – inspiring

Marine Science and Conservation Speaker

Lots of “stuff” ends up on beaches. Some of it is natural – the things that we delight in finding washed up on the shore. The rest is likely to be accidental or deliberate trash and pollution – or maybe the result of it. Can you tell the difference?
Our Forum assembles local and national authorities on trash and its impacts in the marine environment.
If you are concerned about worrying marine realities – think Pacific garbage patch, ghost nets, balloon jellyfish – then come along and hear more about what is happening here, interstate and overseas.

Guest speakers

John Phillips OAM (ED KESAB) “The Challenges of Plastic Pollution – Local and Global: A KESAB environmental solutions perspective”

Dr Kristian Peters (NRM) “Plastic plight on our shores: An insight into marine debris in the Gulf St Vincent bioregion, South Australia”

Dr Ryan Baring (Flinders Uni) “All we need is some love for beach wrack”

Dr Sue Gibbs (SA Museum) “What are dolphins eating?”

Sarah-Jo Lobwein (Tangaroa Blue) “Sea change: empowering the community”

 

RSVP friendsofgulfstvincent@gmail.com by 22 November 2018

Free Community Forum hosted by the Friends of Gulf St Vincent

Sunday 19 November 2017
Henley Sailing Club
Cnr Seaview Rd and Burbridge Rd, West Beach
2pm – 5pm

RSVP friendsofgulfstvincent@gmail.com by 15 November 2017

With guest speakers
Janine Baker (FoGSV) to talk about the diversity of SA species, their habitats and the threats they face.
Dr Charlie Huveneers (Flinders University) Extinction risk of sharks and rays.
PT Hirschfield (Pink Tank Scuba) to talk about Project Banjo (the very successful project run for Port Phillip Bay).
James Brook (Conservation Council SA) providing an update on the progress in relation to improving protection in SA.
Keith Rowling (PIRSA) Shark and Ray management in SA.
Followed by QA Panel

Thursday 5 October

5.30 (for 6.00pm start) ‘til 8.00pm

 

Henley Sailing Club

Cnr Seaview Rd and Burbridge Rd, West Beach

 

Finger food and voucher for a drink provided on arrival

 

Guest speaker is Sam Gaylard from the EPA

 

Please note that we are seeking nominations for

the roles of President and Treasurer

 

RSVP by 28/09/2017 to:

friendsofgulfstvincent@gmail.com

Marine Discovery Centre Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 3 September 2017 at 2:00pm

An open afternoon from 2-2:30pm with a Marine Trail walk from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.
The Centre has local marine creatures including seahorses, moon jellies, Port Jackson shark, Blue Devils and much more.

Cost

$10 per Person and Seniors/Concession $5

Location

Marine Discovery Centre
cnr Seaview Road and Marlborough St, Henley Beach, South Australia 5022

Bookings essential

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=306007

 

Contact Details

www.marinediscoverycentre.com.au

info@marinediscoverycentre.com.au
phone 08-81157402

 

Rewilding the Sea

Shellfish Reef Restoration Presentation

Curious? What’s a shellfish reef? And why do we need to restore one?

Presentations from The Nature Conservancy and PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture will discuss the details of this ambitious habitat restoration project – the largest outside the USA.

An expert panel will answer questions in a Q&A session, followed by drinks, nibbles and informal discussion.

Thursday, 3rd August, 6 pm

The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide

For further details or booking (essential) click here or email fisheries@conservationsa.org.au

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