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Sea creatures star in locally made movies

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Marine creatures living beneath the waters of Port Stephens are the stars of a series of short YouTube style videos produced by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

This great new resource, called Ocean Survivors: protecting our rare and threatened marine species, available as a free DVD or via YouTube, provides an insight into some rare footage of local marine life, focusing on threatened species of Soft Coral, Black Cod, Turtles and White Sharks.

Brian Hughes, Coastal and Marine Officer for the CMA, said most of the footage used in the videos was taken as part of real-life research projects the CMA has been working on in partnership with the Marine Park, University of Technology, Sydney and the CSIRO.

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"The Glen" Get the Bulk Debris Removed!

201308 The GlenWith ongoing clean-ups taking place along the Brisbane Water's foreshore, clean-up coordinator Graham Johnston had highlighted areas where bulky items needed to be removed, and the team from "The Glen" Aboriginal Men's Centre provided the workforce to remove over 16 tonnes of debris in just a morning's work!

The locations were Kincumber Creek, North Bank and Barney's Oyster Lease, and with the help of 14 volunteers, local oyster growers Simon Funnel and Barney and their barges, and a couple of kayaks a 1km section of the waterway was cleaned.

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OCCI-CC 'Project Aware on the Coast' Awards night

OCCI awardsSince the 3rd March, the OCCI team on the NSW Central Coast have been sharing their knowledge and passion for the coast with participants of their 'Project Aware on the Coast' course. As a celebration at the end of the course, an awards night was held last week celebrating the efforts of the 23 participants who have completed the course and contributed to health of the local coastal environment.

This is a report from Linda Roberts, one of the course coordinators.

The awards evening was awesome. Many of our participants made short reports on the work they had done and more than one had us in tears at the misery the pollution they are finding causes them. One girl described her anguish when she reflected back on the fact that her beach trophies were sea shells whilst her son is now collecting rubbish!

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Data Dimensions back out on the Hawkesbury

20130514 Croppy BeachThe second day out on the Hawkesbury River by the Data Dimensions crew was for a clean up around Cowan Creek. With the help of the Macmasters Beach Surf Club and coordinator Jono, the task for the day was to remove unwanted litter from the isolated deserted beaches in the lower Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek

After meeting at Brooklyn Marina at 9.30am the team received their gear and briefing for the day's mission. Three IRBs transported the groups into the Lower Hawkesbury with all beaches presenting minor litter issues. An old gas bottle was found at Gunya Beach, Dead Horse Bay had excess camping litter, Porto Bay headland had glass bottles, Eleanor had some disused oyster products.The Cowan beaches were relatively clean, into Jerusalem Bay pockets of plastic were retrieved from the rocks, several old fish traps were removed.

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Data Dimensions on the Hawkesbury

20130513 Long Island 3A great day out on the Hawkesbury River for another clean up along the river's foreshore was had by the team from Data Dimensions, local oyster growers and Macmasters SLSC volunteers.

Targeting the Hawkesbury River, Sandbrook Channel and Long Island, coordinator Graham Johnston, met the team at Brooklyn Marina where they were given a project brief, geared up and headed out on Moxton's barge and the two surf club IRBs for the trip over to Sandbrook Channel.

Favourable high tides enabled the groups to reach the foreshore, with litter quickly filling the large barge. The group worked enthusiastically, gathering over 50 bags of mixed litter. Three tyres were also removed.

Larger items included, painted timber flooring, milk crates, plastic sheeting, blue tarps, plastic fuel tanks, large pieces of foam, masses of plastic bottles and small foam pieces and twenty tennis balls.

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