Marine Society outing to Shelley Beach Eden Sat Jan 23rd

Swift Footed Crab

Swift Footed Crab

The first outing for the Marine Society for 2016 is rushing up – it’s next Saturday 23rd January at Shelley Beach Eden – opposite the Ice factory on the wharf. Alan Scrymgeour is leading the outing and has titled it “Alice through the looking Glass”

Alan suggests you could have lunch first and then meet at the Beach at 1:30pm. Low tide is at 3:30pm which will give us good time for fossicking in these always interesting rockpools and along the beach.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Best wishes, Guye Richards

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Sapphire Coast Marine Society
0414 299 223
02 6495 0917
http://www.alcw.org.au

World Wetlands Day at Panboola Tuesday Feb 2nd

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Come to Panboola’s free workshop to learn more about wildlife on your land and opportunities available to you through the Land for Wildlife Program. We’ll train you in the latest camera trapping techniques and lend you a motion detector infrared camera to survey your property for native and pest species as part of the National Parks Association of NSW’s acclaimed citizen science project ‘Who’s living on my land?’

This workshop is a great opportunity to network with others and hear about biodiversity conservation projects that are occurring in our area. There will be short talks on habitat connectivity and wetland protection. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Enquiries or RSVP to Michael Andrews by Friday 29 January:
mandrews@conservationvolunteers.com.au
Ph: 02 4228 9246 or 0427 826 484

Local industrial fishing and its environmental issues

Following the meeting hosted by the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club last week, we are fortunate to have a visiting scientist who is offering to share his understanding of the issues raised by the local fishing of the Geelong Star. You will be welcome to join us.

Dr Simon Allen of the University of Western Australia in Perth is a marine mammal and dolphin behaviour expert. He has been conducting research on dolphin behaviour and the interactions between marine mammals and humans through tourism, coastal development and fisheries for 20 years, including work at Port Stephens (NSW), Shark Bay, the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts (WA), and as far afield as California (USA) and Okinawa (Japan). Simon’s work has included research on a range of fishing trawlers, assessing bycatch and proposing mitigation measures.

On Friday Dr Allen will be sharing his understanding of the marine species and environmental issues associated with industrial fishing of the sort being undertaken by the Geelong Star, at present trawling on the edge of the continental shelf off our coast.

Merimbula Big Game and Lake Angling Club, Spencer Park, Merimbula, 6:30 for 7:00pm presentation, Friday 8th January. For further information contact Libby Hepburn 02 6495 0917Dr Simon Allen