I call this blog a nature blog, but this is the first post about the marine environment.
Visiting the Melbourne Aquarium is always a wonderful experience. Like Melbourne Zoo, its aim is to help conserve animals in the natural environment, not just to be an arc for animals extinct in the wild.
Global warming, government policies privileging business over conservation and a plague of plastic bags that kill birds and sea creatures like turtles, are among the risks.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (ACMS) is dedicated to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes. It's the organization to work with if you want to play a role in advocating for sea creatures.
One recent campaign was to protect 'local' great white, tiger and bull sharks from being killed in Western Australia. The ostensible goal of this policy was to protect swimmers. But sharks are migratory animals, and do not frequent particular beaches. This policy threatened some of our most vulnerable wildlife. Sharks are apex predators, and play a vital role in keeping the seas healthy by keeping other species in balance.
The Western Australia government drew back from this appalling policy of culling sharks using baited drum lines because of public opposition. But the ACMS is still keeping a close eye on the government to make sure it doesn't implement a shark cull by stealth. The policy still allows for large sharks swimming past the Western Australian coast to be killed on sight as they are deemed to be a 'risk to human safety'.
Another campaign is to do something about the rubbish polluting our streets, rivers and seas. Comedian Frank Woodley has made a quirky video about this topic, called Give Frank a Break.