Date: 28 February 2014
The Dunedin Coastal Clean-up and Seashore Survey this Sunday 2 March will get Seaweek off to a great start.
A whole host of conservation organisations and individuals committed to the protection of the marine environment have joined together to host a beach clean-up and seashore survey, stretching from Karitane to Taieri Mouth.
Beach cleaners will meet at the St Kilda Surf Club at 10 am on Sunday morning to pick up rubbish bags and gloves, and then head out to a beach of their choice to collect rubbish. The effort will remove rubbish which poses a threat to both wildlife and humans, and makes our local beaches unsightly for locals and visitors alike.
At the same time, a seashore survey will take place at various locations along the Otago coast, from Karitane to Taieri Mouth. Using the newly launched Sandy & Muddy Shore Guide from the the NZ Marine Studies Centre, citizen-scientists will survey their local beaches.
Data uploaded onto the Marine Metre Squared website will be used to help scientists improve coastal management. The ‘Marine Metre Squared’ project, overseen by the NZ Marine Studies Centre, encourages schools, families, communities and iwi to get involved in collecting valuable data and monitoring their local seashore environment.
The Kiwi Conservation Club will also be taking part in a clean-up, along with other fun activities such as sand sculpture and games at Brighton Beach. The Club will then head to St Kilda to find out how much waste has been collected and consider what can done with it all.
There will be a Seaweek stand in the Meridian Mall on Saturday 1 March. Drop by and find out what’s going on for Seaweek.
There are lots of fun, sea themed events happening in Otago, including film screenings and story telling.
Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea and takes place from the 1 – 9 March 2014.
Otago Seaweek Regional Coordinator:
Lucy Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 3 474 7094
Dunedin Coastal Clean-up:
Noel Jhinku, +64 21 263 8456
Marine Metre Squared:
Sally Carson, NZ Marine Studies Centre, +64 3 479 5826