CORALS June 1st

Tracy Ainsworth and Bill Leggat will be talking about their work with tropical corals and plans to work here at Merimbula Wharf at 3.30pm on June 1st.

Please come ! Everyone welcome.

May 2013 Marine Society Newsletter

Vesna looking deeply into Rockpool Research

Sapphire Coast Marine Society latest Newsletter – May 2013 


























The latest edition of the SCMS Newsletter is now available :



World Environment Day Dinner June 5th

Keynote speaker – Geoff Cousins – Come and celebrate the Bournda Environmental Education Centre 36th Annual World Environment Day Dinner Wednesday  June 5th  6pm for 7, Bega Showground Pavilion Tickets: $30  –  BYOG

Tickets are available at: Candelo Books, Bega or Bournda EEC 6494 5009

Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting the World Environment Day Dinner on June 5th for many years and has established a tradition of informative and challenging presentations.

This year is the 36th Bournda EEC World Environment Day dinner and the EEC is thrilled with the news that the speaker at this year’s dinner on Wednesday June 5th is Geoff Cousins, a businessman and author, a former Howard government adviser and prominent advertising man who has been involved in several high profile, successful environmental campaigns in Australia. He has been involved in the campaign to reject Gunn’s pulp mill in Tasmania and joined the campaign against the Woodside petroleum project near James Price Point in north-west Western Australia.

Geoff was one of the most successful advertising men of the 1980s, and was chairman of the George Patterson advertising agency. His corporate life includes a stint as CEO of Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards ranging from PBL to Telstra.

As well as a hugely successful business career, Geoff is a community leader and art-lover, he is the founding chair of the kids’ cancer charity Starlight Foundation and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ethics and taking a stand are things that have long concerned him. He was the foundation chair of the St James Ethics Centre, an independent, not-for-profit organisation serving as a catalyst and enabler for society to think, debate and act in good conscience, particularly in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity.

The presentation that Geoff will deliver covers some of the environmental work that he has done over the years, which will no doubt be an inspiration to those attending.

The dinner, this year on World Environment Day, Wednesday June 5th is at the Bega Showground Pavilion with doors opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets can be purchased, at a cost each of $30, from Candelo Books (Bega) with a cash sale or through Bournda Environmental Education Centre, phone 6494 5009.  Why not get a table of 8 together with your friends? For further details please contact Doug Reckord, Principal, Bournda EEC – 6494 5009

A Scientific Legend becomes the first Patron for the Sapphire Coast Marine Society

Professor Joe Baker AO, OBE, FTSE, FRACI, C.Chem. - AMSA Patron

Professor Joe Baker becomes the first Patron of the Sapphire Coast Marine Society

The Sapphire Coast Marine Society was founded in 2002 and is now developing a more active engagement in scientific observation and research working with scientists and helping community members and naturalists to make a contribution to the knowledge we have of our coast, its biodiversity and its changing environment. Professor Joe Baker is the best mentor that could be hoped for in this endeavour.

Joe Baker has pursued an illustrious career as a scientist – researcher and teacher, and a wise and generous mentor of many key figures in Australian science, technology and industry. During his 40+ years in science, Joe Baker has been an inspirational leader of the Australian marine science community, and significantly increased knowledge about the plants, animals and molecular biodiversity of Australia’s oceans. One of the three inaugural members of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, he also founded aquaculture and marine biodiscovery research at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville.

President of the Sapphire Coast Marine Society, Michael McMaster says,  “We are extremely fortunate and honoured to have someone who has such wide experience, knowledge and understanding to work with us and guide us as we become more actively involved in long-term scientific studies.”

Joe Baker knows our region as he has undertaken research on most major rocky headlands along our coast. Joe shared some of the findings of this research with our community when he gave a presentation at the recent Atlas of Life – Celebration of Science Forum in December 2012

Throughout his distinguished career Professor Joe Baker has received many honors, including the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1982 for services to marine science, appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2002 for his contribution to environmental studies and chemistry, and the Lifetime Clunies Ross award as a gifted contributor to his disciplines and a person of national and international repute. In 2002 he was one of 5 people designated as Queensland Greats/Living Legends. He has held many high level and prestigious positions, including being elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1989, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the inaugural Patron of the Australian Marine Science Association since 2007.

From 1993 to 2004 he was the Commissioner for the Environment of the Australian Capital Territory and pioneered State of the Environment reporting for the region. He was the inaugural Chairman of the National Landcare Advisory Committee and is a Past-Chairman of the Australian Heritage Committee. In 1999 he became Chief Scientist of Queensland’s Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.  Joe has recently retired from this position and remains very active, and much sought after nationally and internationally for his great experience and advice.

Joe is on the editorial board of several international marine journals, he has authored and been editor of several books, and has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific papers, and an authority in natural resources management.


Lyrebird caught by action sensitive camera

Danie Ondinae is using a motion activated camera to find out what animals are sharing her property. She has been very impressed by the clarity of the pictures, day and night. Here is a beautiful Lyrebird which happened to pass.
She says, “The vegetation type (via Jackie Miles) is known as: Coastal Foothills Dry Shrub Forest which is said to be widespread on steep slopes and ridges at 50-250m elevation on Ordovician metasiltstones. So I’d call it Open Eucalypt Forest on a ridgeline, previously logged, with an understorey of mostly grasses, wattles, peas and daisies.
The camera is an infrared motion detection camera –  Reconyx HC600 Hyperfire – as used by Olivia Forge, the CMA’s Potoroo Project Officer. Here’s a weblink to more info:

Lyrebird at Coolagolite photo Danie Ondinae

Eastern Fiddler Ray or Banjo Shark

SHOVELNOSE RAYS…….. Trygonorrhina sp

During the last two months snorkel & kayak enthusiasts have seen many of these beautifully marked & well camouflaged Banjo Rays.They rest or feed[ active scavengers ] in the seagrass in fairly shallow water and don’t

appear to be disturbed by snorkellers observing from very close quarters .

The triangular or diamond shaped marking behind the eyes is very distinct.

The young  are developed in golden egg cases inside the mother  and born alive. The juvenile pictured was about 40cms long ,seen between Bar Beach & the fish cleaning station at Merimbula .

Banjo ray ..juvenile

New Study on disappearing seagrass beds

You may be interested in this article on that you might like: “Seagrass carbon sinks fast disappearing: study”