The sandy bottom and rocky reef of the Merri Marine Sanctuary combine with oxygen-charged, nutrient rich waters to create a world brimming with marine life among giant kelp forests.
But how much do we really know about this sanctuary?
Join us for a two-day seminar and learn more about this incredible marine protected area – what we know, what we don’t know and how you can get involved!
Day 1 - Saturday 21 June
- Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University, Warrnambool
Morning session: 9am registration
During the morning session you will hear from people who share a passion for the Merri Marine Sanctuary, with presentations from the Victorian National Parks Association’s Reefwatch program, Parks Victoria, Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary, Coastcare/ Landcare, Daktari Dive and Mad 4 Merri.
In the afternoon discover the world of the largest animal on Earth as Dr Margie Morrice talks about her Blue Whale Study.
Gunditjmirring Traditional Owners will tell us about their connection to the area, and we will will enjoy underwater footage of the local marine protected areas including the launch of the new Merri Marine Sanctuary video.
- 7.30pm La Bella Room (near the Breakwater)
Coastcare hosts this special night with guest speaker Associate Professor John Sherwood, who will share his passion and knowledge of the Merri River mouth and Warrnambool breakwater.
Please join us in the La Bella room at the Foreshore Pavilion. Supper will be provided, the talk starts at 7.30pm.
Day 2 - Sunday 22 June
- Meet at the La Bella room for pre-activity briefings at 9am
On Sunday we’ll get out and enjoy the Merri Marine Sanctuary with a ‘Seasearch’ intertidal monitoring session, a chance to learn more about the Reefwatch ‘feral or in peril’ program and the opportunity to take a dive or snorkel (registration essential).
If you are interested in a dive or snorkel you must register with Daktari dive shop before June 13 by phoning them on 03 5562 4006.
We plan to finish the day with a ‘Show and tell’ back at La Bella room over lunch (provided). Just bring along yourself, a story, an experience a photo or something you’ve found.
If you have questinos please phone Marg on 0407 165 125.
This event has been organised by the Victorian National Parks Association's Reef Watch program. It has been made possible by a Parks Victoria Healthy Parks Healthy People grant.
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