There will be lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Otago and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Otago Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event:
Tessa Mills – email: tessa.mills@otago.ac.nz, phone: 03 479 5845


Seaweek 2017 Events:


Seaweek activities on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

Saturday 4 March 2017
Come for the day, or stay overnight. Relax, explore, and join in some special Seaweek activities: rocky shore exploration, snorkelling, kayaking, and a beach clean up – mostly plastic waste that washes ashore. (Some of the activities are weather dependent).

Whether or not you can make it to the open day, try this challenge in the week leading up to the 4th: notice how much plastic is part of your daily life. How can you use your power as a consumer to reduce plastic use, particularly of single-use items?

Boat: The charter boat leaves from Back Beach at Port Chalmers at 9.30am or Portobello pontoon by arrangement. Return 3.30pm.Or stay overnight, returning at 2pm on Sunday 5th. (It may also be possible to come over from BB at 3.15pm if you’re staying overnight). $15pp for the boat. Donations to the Island are always welcome.

Bring sunblock, togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothing, sturdy footwear, swimshoes if you have them. And something yummy to share at a potluck lunch. (As you prepare this, is there any way you can minimise/avoid plastic?)

If you’re staying overnight, check the ‘Visit’ page of our website quarantineisland.org.nz for more details about the Lodge, suggested donation, and what to bring.

Bookings2 days in advance please. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874. Let us know if you can help with carpooling/need a ride and we’ll try to help.

Hosted by the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community


The Ocean of Tomorrow: Teacher Workshop on Ocean Acidification

Thursday 2 March 2017, 4-5pm at Logan Park High School, Dunedin

What will the ocean of tomorrow look like? Global warming and ocean acidification have varied and often invisible effects on the marine ecosystem. We rely on the ocean for a variety of resources including food and the air we breathe. We need to understand what these effects could mean for the future health of our ocean – and ourselves – so we can predict, manage and slow down the negative impacts.

The NZ Marine Studies Centre has produced a resource book for teachers and educators which will be launched during Seaweek at a teacher workshop at Logan Park High School in Dunedin.  There will be demonstrations of the class activities and experiments outlined in the book, and Associate Professor Miles Lamare will talk about his research into marine larval response to ocean acidification.

Further workshops for teachers will be run around the country in the coming weeks.  Contact the Marine Studies Centre for further information.  marine.studies@otago.ac.nz


Sea Shepherd’s MV Steve Irwin Ship Tours in Dunedin

Saturday and Sunday 25-26 February 2017

Perfect timing for Seaweek the MV Steve Irwin is arriving in Dunedin! Free ship tours over the weekend from 10am until 5pm at Birch St Wharf.


Ecotago Water Quality Monitoring Training Day

Thursday 23 February 2017 from 9am to 12.30pm at Ocean Grove Domain Hall off Tomahawk Road.

ECOTAGO will  facilitate a community based water quality investigation into the environmental health of Tomahawk Lagoon (TL). Currently the community will be based around teams from Tahuna Normal Intermediate school, Bayfield High School, John McGlashan College and Otago Girl’s High school working closely with ECOTAGO/OCEMES advisory and expert group.

These teams will regularly monitor the water at selected sites in Tomahawk and the stream discharging into the upper lagoon. The data gathered will include these variables: water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity, salinity, clarity/turbidity, dissolved nitrogen and phosphorus and E coli   bacteria as well as more general habitat observations such as the depth of the water and animals and plants observed.

These data will be entered onto our website to be accessible to all teams and the wider Tomahawk community. These data will undergo collation and critical analysis with an environmental “report card” being presented to the wider community at the end of the year.

To steer this monitoring programme in the right scientific direction we will be having a  “ training half day” at the Tomahawk Lagoon community hall on Feb 23rd to show the teams how to do the monitoring; gathering water samples correctly, using instruments that will measure the different variables in situ, highlighting relevant general site observations and understanding what samples will need further analysis in a laboratory. All teams will have the opportunity to participate in the laboratory techniques. All teams will be presented with handbooks to support the different methods being used.

Regular monitoring will be carried out usually on a Wednesday 12.00-1.30, these details are being discussed.

The “training half day” will be supported by our scientific experts who be leading the different parts of the learning programme. These experts are: Dr Marc Schallenberg, Dr Jonathan Kim, Andrew Innes and Mary Thompson (Regional Representative Bird NZ)

An important aspect of the half day is to emphasise the commitment needed to learn how to do the regular monitoring well and contribute effectively to this important project. Later in the year we will be showcasing the programme to the wider Tomahawk Lagoon community to show them what we are doing and encourage them to help with the monitoring.  It is expected that the teams will contribute to the “teaching” and sharing on that day. The programme is included below.

9.00 Meet at the Ocean Grove Domain Hall.
Introduction to the monitoring programme,
What does it mean to investigate the environmental health of TL (Dr Marc Schallenberg and Councillor Gretchen Robertson  and Andrew Innes). What did we find out in 2016?
9.45-12.00 How do we do the monitoring?  Hands on time.
Monitoring programme.
Monitoring handbook
Partial monitoring (what variables??), field observations and instrument readings, once every two weeks.
Full monitoring (what variables??)  is partial monitoring as well as water sample collection and analysis, once a month.
12.00-12.30   Reporting back. ..what have we found out ???
Dates and times. Plans for our first sampling and monitoring day.

NOTE: We will be working outside on the edge of the Tomahawk Lagoon, so sensible dress and footwear (waders excellent) is important. Be prepared to stay warm and dry when you are working. Schools please check your EOTC safety procedures!! Bring some snacks!!

Booking essential. To book contact:  Andrew Innes (Project facilitator) email: andrew_innes09@hotmail.com Ph: 03 4774674 or 021 02391950.


Dunedin Coastal Clean-up

Sunday 26 February 2017 from 10.30am
Where: Beaches and coastal environments around Dunedin. You choose the area and go for it!

Join us at the meeting place and collect your rubbish bags and gloves. You can then head out to a coastal area of your choice to clean up.

Places to clean:
– John Wilson Ocean Drive/Ocean Beach (Coastal Dune and Beach areas) From 10.30 am
– Any other coastal environment of your choice (own transport required)
High tide is at: 4.39 PM
Low tide is at: 11.11 AM

This event is open to everyone who would like to take part in keeping Dunedin’s coastline clean and beautiful, however under 18 year olds must be supervised by a parent or guardian. We recommend looking for rubbish in pairs or groups for safety (and some good company).

When you are done with your rubbish collecting, please bring it back to the meeting place for sorting and collection.

For more information please email: info@osof.org or send us a message on Facebook or see OSOF WEBSITE

What to bring:
• Closed-toe and sturdy shoes (such as sports shoes/ cross trainers/ tramping boots)
• Warm clothing: Check the weather and dress appropriately
• Sun screen and hat
• Camera (please send photos to info@osof.org)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water

This event is free, however donations accepted.

Marine Scientists in Schools

Monday 27 February 2017 to Sunday 5 March at 9am.

Would you like a Marine Science graduate student to visit your school (in Dunedin) during Seaweek (Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017)? It will be an opportunity for your senior high-school students to hear about Marine Science careers, study options, the many varied activities Marine Scientists are involved in, see some tools of the trade and to ask lots of questions about all things marine and what it is like to study Marine Science.

No charge.

To book contact: Tessa Mills email: tessa.mills@otago.ac.nz Ph: (03) 479-5845


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