CONTENT FOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS 

Writing a feature in your school newsletter is a great way to educate people on our local environment, encourage them to make changes, and spread the word about the wonderful work of your school and EcoMarines!

We suggest you include messages about:

- The good (our beautiful Moreton Bay, marine environment and wild life)

- The bad (environmental issues)

- And, of course, ways people can help protect our environment!

It's a great idea to include photos and videos to capture people's interest. We've included some facts, statistics, video links, and suggestions below. You are also welcome to use any of our other photos and videos.

ABOUT MORETON BAY 

Moreton Bay is such a special place, and being so close to Brisbane, it is very important that everyone helps to look after it!   

Why is Moreton Bay such a special place?

 

  • It is only 14 kilometres from Brisbane city.  

  • It contains many environmentally significant habitats.

  • There are 360 islands in total.

  • It is home to 2 344 plant species, including eight species of mangrove and seven species of seagrass as well as:

  • 2000 loggerhead turtles (Moreton Bay is the most significant habitat in Australia for loggerhead turtles)

  • 600 dolphins (two species of dolphins that inhabit the area, but up to eight species visit)

  • 800-900 dugongs (the largest herd of dugongs close to a major city!)

  • 10,000 green sea turtles

  • Over 120 species of coral

  • Over 1000 species of fish

  • Nine whale species

  • Six of the seven marine turtle species can be found in Moreton Bay!

  • Moreton Bay is home to 25% of ALL Australian bird species.

 

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR MARINE AND WILDLIFE 

  • Stingrays lay eggs that remain in their bodies and then hatch INSIDE their bodies

  • Pelicans can fly up to 3km's high in the sky 

  • Nothing kills the cleaning wrasse fish 

  • Some coral reefs form "cleaning stations". Turtles and manta rays visit these "cleaning stations and line up to get cleaned by the cleaning fish! 

  • An octopus has three hearts and the colour of its blood, is blue

  • Parrot fishes poo out sand

  • Kookaburras mate for life

  • Dolphins have names for each other 

  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica

  • Tuna can swim at a speed of up to 70 km per hour

  • Whales can swim for three months without eating

  • Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years

  • A shrimp’s heart is in its head

  • Seahorses are the only animals where the male (not the female) gives birth and cares for their young

  • If a starfish loses an arm (or leg), it will grow back

  • Sharks don't have a single bone in their body 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

There are lots of topics that you can cover, but we suggest you start by focusing on plastic and other common types of daily waste. These are the easiest things for us to improve! We've included some information and videos you can use to educate people... It's a bit sad to hear and see, but it's important that people know what's going on.

  • ​Did you know that over 30% of turtles in Moreton Bay have ingested some form of plastic?

  • Did you know that there are 5 giant garbage patches in the ocean and one is as big as Queensland?

  • Australians use up to 10 million plastic bags every day – an astonishing 4 billion every year. Of these, approximately 150 million end up in our oceans and waterways, contributing to an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into the ocean every year.

  • 1 billion disposable coffee cups are used in Australia every year!

This is the 2 minute trailer for "A Plastic Ocean" documentary. It shows why our work is so important!

Plastic Oceans says plastics are now chocking our oceans. Along with CSIRO, they examine the plastics along our coastline and impacts on animals (On Catalyst, ABV TV).

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP 

1. Pick up litter! This is so simple yet has a huge positive impact on our environment. 
 

2. Use a reusable water bottle, cups, and shopping bag.
 

3. Wrapper-free lunches. This is good for our health as well as the environment!
 

4. Compost organic waste. This compost bin is a great and simple resource to use at home!
 

5. Replace cling wrap with a beeswax food wrap. These can be found online, in health food shops or DIY.
 

​6. Get a bamboo toothbrush. When it’s time for a new toothbrush, simply remove the plastic bristles and then the handle can be put in the compost where it will decompose!
 

7. Ask for your drink without a plastic straw. You can purchase reuseable straws made from bamboo or stainless steel as an alternative. 
 

8. Make sure you’re recycling right.
 

9. Use environmentally friendly products which contain less harmful chemicals. Most sunscreens contribute to coral bleaching… choose sunscreens that are better for the environment and you!
 

10. Spread the word! Below are a few EcoMarines videos that we encourage you to share and you may also like to share the 2018 Reflection Report so people can learn about all of the great work we are doing together :) 

The Snap, Send, Solve app allows you to report full bins, waste and other feedback to council.

The Brisbane Bin and Recycling app teaches you how to recycle items, and even reminds you when bin days are!

Not sure how to dispose of an item? The Recycle Smart app teaches you how to recycle over 170 items!

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