Did you know the Sunshine Coast boasts half of all the known species of nudibranch (a type of sea slug) in Australia and more than the whole west coast of the Americas? That is 504 species of this very flamboyant marine mollusc, documented over the last nine years by diver team, Gary Cobb and David Mullins.
This and other compelling information about the state of our marine resources on the Sunshine Coast will be shared at a free seminar and forum to be held at the Innovation Centre Auditorium, University of the Sunshine Coast, on May 17th.
The State of our Sea 2012, convened by SEQ Catchments with a host of partners, will showcase what we currently know about our marine environment in this unique part of the world, and what we don’t.
Susie Chapman, SEQ Catchments Community Partnership Manager for the Sunshine Coast has been a key organiser for the event.
‘‘The ocean is a vast environment, as are the number of players that rely on our coast for a whole range of resources - commercial and recreational fishing, tourism industries, community, scientists, and, government and local organisations,’’ she said.
‘‘Bringing together all of these key players to view the objective information currently available, identify gaps and data sets we didn’t know existed is a good start to developing a collective understanding of where we are at and what yet needs to be done for a sustainable future.’’
‘‘An important question we will be exploring throughout the day is do we have enough data to start developing sustainable management?’’
‘‘The event will also allow us to develop a better understanding of the constraints with which the various sectors have to deal with – empathy is the key to a collaborative approach that considers all interests.’’
The organising and presenting team brings together a wide range of organisations with a deep interest in the life in our sea. The University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Sunreef Dive Services, Noosa Biosphere Ltd, Coolum District Coast Care, Oceanwatch Australia, Qld Seafood Industry Association, Swan Boat Hire, Queensland Fisheries and Moreton Bay Seafood Industry…the list is extensive.
There’s plenty of fish in the sea, goes the saying. But do we know that’s the case? Come and find out some more.
RSVP is essential – Please contact Susie Chapman: Schapman@seqcatchments.com.au, 0400 910 682 or visit the SEQ Catchments website www.seqcatchments.com.au
State of our Sea 2012 free public seminar and forum
Innovation Centre Auditorium, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs.
Thursday May 17th 2012
8.30am for 9.00am start. Seminar/forum closes 4.30pm. Drinks till 5.30pm
Refreshments including local seafood will be provided.
Please inform of special dietary requirements.
RSVP: RSVP essential by Friday May 11th 2012. For further details, contact: Susie Chapman 54594788 SChapman@seqcatchments.com.au
Innovation Centre Auditorium, Sippy Downs
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