Kirton Point students learn about marine care

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					                                                        26 February 2008




Kirton Point students learn about marine care
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During Seaweek, 2 to 8 March, Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH)
                                                                                    Simon Clark
staff will teach students from Kirton Point Primary School in Port Lincoln about
                                                                                    Senior Project Officer, West
protecting South Australia’s coastal and marine environments.
                                                                                    Coast and Marine Conservation
                                                                                    Phone 8688 3105
Simon Clark, Steffan Howe and Shelley Harrison, DEH staff with expertise on
                                                                                    Mobile 0418 855 992
coastal and marine matters, will engage students from reception to year three
in educational sessions that include hands-on activities focusing on food chains
and marine life.
                                                                                    Charles Maddison
Simon Clark, Senior Project Officer with DEH’s Coast and Marine Conservation        Media & PR Manager
Branch, said 40 students from the school would take part in the interactive         Corporate Communications
workshop.                                                                           Phone 8204 2123
                                                                                    Mobile 0423 827 613
“Educating our children about coastal and marine environments is incredibly
important,” Mr Clark said.                                                          www.environment.sa.gov.au

“An amazing array of animals and plants inhabit our coasts and oceans and it’s
essential that they be protected.

“The Government of South Australia is committed to conserving our coastal and
marine environments.

“To help protect our coast and marine environments into the future, 19 marine
parks will be established in State waters by 2010,” Mr Clark said.

The activities planned for the day aim to assist with better understanding of
protected and non-protected species, the web of South Australia’s marine life
and habitats and how to help care for the marine environment.

The students will also get to see the short film The Amazing Adventures of Gavin,
a Leafy Seadragon, produced in 2006 by the SA Film Corporation, the Coast
Protection Board and DEH.

Seaweek is an annual national public awareness campaign that aims to focus
community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the
sea.

For more information contact DEH’s Coast and Marine Conservation Branch on
(08) 8124 4900 or visit http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/coasts/index.html




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