SARINA Landcare Catchment Management Association held an educational, interactive school activity day with the theme, Caring for Our Coast.
St Anne's, Dundula and Clarke Creek primary school students came together at Grendon Park, Salonika Beach to participate in three hands-on educational activities aimed to create a greater understanding of and provide practical ways to protect the region's coastal environment.
SLCMA staff guided the students through the nearby mangrove environment, discussing the important role mangroves play, how to protect them and the amazing adaptations mangroves use to survive in such a harsh environment.
Students applied this new knowledge to recognise the different characteristics and adaptations to then identify the different mangrove species found at Salonika Beach.
Eco barge Clean Seas' Libby Edge discussed the importance of keeping coastal habitats free of marine debris and challenged students to pack a litter-free lunch to help avoid contaminating waterways.
Students examined the different kinds of rubbish recently collected during the Mackay Coastal Clean Up.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Kate Finch delivered an interactive sustainable fishing game which proved a favourite with the children. During this activity, students gained an understanding about what activities can be undertaken in the different Great Barrier Reef Zones, fishing size and bag limits, to protect our reefs and maintain our fishing industries.
The school activity day was a great success with positive feedback received from participating students, teachers and facilitators.
SLCMA would like to thank the schools who attended and the supporting organisations for their support.
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