Science forum 2016: Turning tide on trash

11-07-2018 by admin

Turning the tide: SCMDC manager Kerryn Wood advertises the marine debris science forum to be held on the weekend of May 28-29 at Club Sapphire, Merimbula. Picture: Toni Houston

Eden’s Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre is counting down the days to their annual science forum, this time focused on ‘turning the tide on trash’.

The two day forum will be held atMerimbula’s Club Sapphireon the weekend of May 28 and 29, featuring talks byresearch scientists as well as fun family activities.

SCMDC’s marine educator Jillian Browningsaid this year’s focus is addressing the global problem of marine debris, and finding positive solutions.

“We need to stop rubbish before it even enters the environment, either through good recycling and stopping littering or by reducing the amount of plastic we each use in our daily lives,” Ms Browning said.

Ms Browning said the theme for the 2016 forum –Turning the tide on trash: discussing the problems, working towards solutions –will dissect theissue of marine debris, where it comes from, its environment impacts,and what we can do.

Four marine scientists will present their findings, with their compelling topic names saying it all;‘If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do,’ byHeidi Taylor:‘How can the world control marine plastic debris?’ by Karen Raubenheimer: ‘When nowhere is safe –disposable plastic on the world’s most remote islands’ by Dr Jennifer Lavers: and ‘The mermaids tears that molluscs fear’ by Dr Paul Duckett.

Bournda Environmental Education Centre’s Doug Reckord will run a pollution solution workshop, and the event will also feature BVSC’s Daniel Murphy to discuss the work that council does to minimise marine debris.

SCMDC’s manager Kerryn Wood said it’s atopic that Edenand our entire coastlineneeds to take seriously.

“We all rely on the beauty of this coast, we have businesses that rely on tourism, we have family members who work in ocean industries,” Ms Wood said on Monday May 16.

“Keeping our oceans clean is vitally important.”

Ms Wood concedes that the marine debris problem can be overwhelming, so the forum’s focus on solutions and alternatives is key.

“We need to know what we can do as Mr and Mrs Citizen, in our everyday homes,” Ms Wood said. “We are not powerless to act.”

Ms Wood said there will be outdoor activitieson Saturday afternoon to allow participants to explore the coast with the researchers, including a beach clean-up, data collection, marine debris dive and a sea-birdnecropsy, as well as a dinner and a chance tonetwork on Saturday night at Merimbula’s Wharf Restaurant.

Registrations, information and ticket booking can be done at: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校sapphirecoastdiscovery苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛or call 64961699.

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