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Summer Ranger Nick Daines with new Junior Rangers at Port Albert

Summer Ranger Nick Daines with new Junior Rangers at Port Albert

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Summer by the Sea Success

Wednesday 12 February, 2014

It’s been another successful Summer by the Sea holiday program at Foster and Wilsons Promontory, thanks to the efforts of Parks Victoria’s Summer Rangers. The seasonal program is designed to engage and educate through show-casing the local marine environment. It is run in partnership with the Department of Environment and Primary Industry.

Small groups of children and adults enjoyed rockpooling, seagrass dip netting and beachcombing along the South Gippsland coastline at Bunurong Marine National Park, Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Parks, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park and Wilsons Promontory National and Marine Parks. A highlight was the Parks Victoria Marine Parks display with its touch tanks of live marine critters at the Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival.

The Summer by the Sea program is a chance for people to see and discover Victoria’s wonderful and diverse marine life up close. They learn how parks protect these creatures and what they can do to help. The events, which include games and fun activities, also demonstrate important messages about Victoria’s unique marine environments.

Franca Weise, Parks Victoria’s Marine Summer Ranger at Foster says “By teaching children and their parents about the amazing biodiversity found in Victorian marine environments we hope to make a lasting impact. Parks Victoria manages about 70% of Victoria’s coastal areas including 24 fully protected Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries, and there are many ways local community groups and volunteers can get involved to help protect these special places”.

 “Many visitors and locals spend their summer holidays at the beach but don’t know much about the incredible marine world at their feet. Rockpooling, seagrass dip netting or simply beachcombing are fun and easy ways to discover this wonderful environment. It’s exciting to be able to show both children and adults the marine environment and share with them how to look after it,” added Summer Ranger Nick Daines.

The summer program may be over for this year, but protecting marine and coastal areas is an ongoing job that anyone can become involved in. Volunteers can help in many ways, such as joining a marine or coastal friends group, get involved with threatened species monitoring or dive into a community based marine monitoring project. To find out more visit the Holiday Discovery programs page or www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/coasts/coastcare



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