Looking After Our Environment
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!
The Friends of Gulf St Vincent Inc. are seeking to commission an artist(s) to create an interactive, permanent, iconic public art work, which will:
– complement the location and feel of Port Noarlunga Beach
– engage and educate the public regarding the reef’s health and future opportunities if it is well cared for.
The artist(s) are encouraged to exercise artistic expression and freedom on this project, however the work will need to explore and refer to the themes outlined in the Port Noarlunga Reef Artist Brief. At this stage, we have obtained funds to pay shortlisted artists a concept fee of $1000. The piece(s) will be installed in the entranceway to Port Noarlunga Jetty at the Witton Centre, Port Noarlunga (see image) and will complement the recent development of the Witton Centre upgrade.
Contact Rob Bosley for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a wonderful illustrated guide from http://grist.org which demonstrates why these areas are so important:
The below is a callout to be involved in the Penguin census via Kristy Manning, Seascape Liaison Officer, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges… The last date to be involved is the 20th October. Read below for more information.
This is your chance to be involved in the 2014 Granite Island Penguin Census
The annual penguin census is nearly underway and volunteers are needed to count Little Penguins and their burrows on Granite Island.
Date: Monday 13 and 20 October 2014
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Location: To be advised on registration
What to bring with you: torch (not halogen) with new batteries, snacks, water, appropriate clothing for weather conditions, covered shoes, hat
Information gained from the census will aid the ongoing monitoring of the colony and this work is funded by the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
Participants will need to be able to climb, stretch and bend to locate penguin burrows which are scattered over the entire island. More information is contained in the attached flyer.
To register your interest, please contact the census coordinator Dr Diane Colombelli-Négrel on:
Phone: 8201 7649
Exact meeting location will be provided when you register
Every Spring the Tennyson Dunes Group hosts the annual Tennyson Dunes Open Day. It’s a great way to learn about your local dunes. Come on an expert guided tour with the volunteers, Neville Bonney and Karl Telfer. Watch our famous Painted Dragons frolic in the sun and check out the wildflowers. Don’t forget to have lunch with the Kiwanis.
* Text courtesy Tennyson Dune Group
Come and visit us at facebook.com/friendsofgulfstvincent
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.
Additional to this article is a channel 7 news report which includes video. Click here to view
Download the Media Release – 050514-MediaRelease-seagrassmapping
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.