Scientists and schools tackle marine debris
Teachers and school students are working with scientists to help research the problem of marine debris around Australia.
This month, scientists from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship are visiting schools at Broome and Darwin, and teachers are joining a research voyage from Fremantle to Darwin.
Teachwild, is a national three-year research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia in partnership with CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell to investigate marine debris and its impacts on Australian wildlife.
Teachers will help to conduct marine debris surveys on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, which is owned and operated by CSIRO, and available to all Australian scientists.
The activities are part of Teachwild, a national three-year research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia in partnership with CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell to investigate marine debris and its impacts on Australian wildlife.
Teachwild enables school groups from years 5–10 to join scientists and Earthwatch educators on field trips to local beaches or waterways, and teachers can also join longer research expeditions.
The students and teachers can enter data on a national marine debris database via an online portal. Nearly 500 records have been logged to date, from 16 schools across Australia.
These data complement surveys by CSIRO scientists around Australia’s coastline, which so far have been conducted at 100 kilometre intervals from north of Cairns and across the south coast to Perth.
Learn more about the marine debris project.
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Talk to a scientist
Project leader: Dr Denise Hardesty, +61 408 748 224.
Voyage leader: Dr Chris Wilcox will be available from the RV Southern Surveyor from 7 - 16 September (mobile +61 439 397 317, or satellite phone 0147 162 349 if out of mobile range).
Talk to Earthwatch
Dr Neil Hamilton +61 448 940 943.
School activities in Darwin (contact Denise Hardesty for times)
|Wednesday 12 September
||Jingili Primary School
|Thursday 13 September
||Leanyer Primary School and Marrara Christian College
|Friday 14 September
||Marrara Christian College