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Thank You, St Kilda Park Primary Year 6

Thank You, St Kilda Park Primary Year 6

Olivia, Loli, Teddy, Raff and Josh (The Year 6 St Kilda Park Primary St Kilda Peer Leadership Group), recently hosted a screening of Blue The Film, which 275 people attended. They have raised an amazing $231.90, which they have donated to Surfrider Foundation Australia, Specifically in support of our Rise Above Plastics campaign.

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International Surfing Day 2018

Intenational Surf Day

Saturday June 16th 2018

Every day, the Surfrider Foundation and our volunteer activist network work to protect our coasts. On International Surfing Day, we pause to celebrate and enjoy the beaches and waves that we all love. This year, while we band together to share the stoke of surfing, we also aim to raise awareness of urgent threats to our precious coastline, like new offshore oil drilling.

The theme of this year’s ISD is “Protect & Enjoy.” Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.

HOST AN EVENT

Host an International Surfing Day event at your favorite beach and invite your friends to protect & enjoy!

SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE

This year, help us share the stoke that the beach gives to you. Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.

MAKE A DONATION

Support Surfrider and our network of coastal defenders who protect what you love!

Donate here


Austinmer Beach Cleanup

Event Details:

Austinmer Beach 2515, NSW
June 16th at 9am - 11am

RSVP/More Info: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/675590972772055/


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Cafes getting on board with Surfrider’s  Rubbish 4 Coffee

Tommy Schoeb with Surf Rider Foundation Manly member Jude Furniss

A new initiative rewards people with a cup of coffee if they collect a bucket of rubbish from the beach.

The brainchild of Surf Rider Foundation Manly, 10 cafes, two coffee suppliers and a brewery have signed up in the first week.

Popular local cafes along the beach including Hemingway’s, The Boathouse and The Bower Restaurant are turning customers into civic-minded cleaners.

Theo Gibson, manager at Hemingway’s, said it takes five minutes to fill a two kilo bucket with rubbish left on the sand.

“It’s an initiative to pull people in, pick up rubbish and get something from it,” he said.

“There are bins on the steps, but people leave wrappers, straws and beer bottles on the beach or rocks to be swept away that evening. It’s an issue that needs to be looked and the locals want to be part of it.

“For us to give away a coffee for their hard work and effort isn’t much. In the evening, we give them a beer from 4Pines.”

The local brewery, which has a zero waste strategy, also supplies the plastic buckets as a way to upcycle them.

Jude Furniss, president of the Surf Rider Foundation Manly, said it is raising awareness of plastic pollution.

“When people see first-hand how much rubbish is on the beach, even though it looks pretty clean, it imparts the message about changing habits,” she said.

“People take ownership for their own backyard and reduce their plastic footprint.”

The first phase of the project is the northern beaches but there are plans to take it nationwide.

“It’s a template any community can adopt pretty easily,” Ms Furniss said.

Originally Posted at: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/food/sydney-taste/clean-up-the-beach-in-return-for-free-coffee/news-story/f6a37e8fc21d85b119c23242e3dce477

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Ocean Friendly - Moore Street General

Congrats Moore Street general for their Ocean Friendly certification!

Katie and her team have had sustainability at the forefront of what they do, since opening the shop in 2017. Supporting local growers and bakers, this little neighbourhood joint could not get any more community orientated! If you’re on the coal coast swing by and support the great work these guys are doing!  

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Ocean Friendly - Bread, Espresso &

Bread Expresso & Ocean Friendly Certified

Sandy and Norby, the owners of Bread Expresso & have gone above and beyond to ensure their colourful, vibrant, beach side cafe is environmentally sustainable.

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Ocean Friendly - Flat White With One

Flat White With One, Russell Vale, NSW. Surfrider Ocean Friendly certified!

By showing the local community that it is possible to run a bustling yet environmentally conscious cafe, Kelly aims "to make others aware of what we are doing to our planet and our oceans."

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Double Island Clean Up, it's on again!

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The Sunshine Coast branch is again hosting their bi-annual clean up / camping weekend at 'Double Island'.  Come help out and hang out with a few hundred like minded and passionate people, who are keen to keep this paradise clean now and into the future.
 
Every 6 months we pick up an average of 2 tonnes of rubbish and marine debris.  From Noosa North Shore to Double Island Point and around to Rainbow, unfortunately there's no shortage of it.  Sign up and make a difference to the oceans, waves and beaches of Double Island.
WHAT'S INVOLVED
- Beach Clean Up
- Sorting and databasing  
- Live plastics recycling on the beach with the Plastic Collective
- Bring the family, bring your mates.  Have a great time over 3 days.
FUN AND ACTIVISM
- Massive prizes from our partners to be won and giveaways, just for volunteering!
- Raffles, Kids games and competitions.
- Educational presentation and displays.
- FREE BBQ and music by campfire.
- We'll have a CALL TO ACTION on the beach.  Read more here: www.surfrider.org.au/endangeredwaves
GET INVOLVED
- Gather your friends and family and Register your details
- Plan your weekend or day trip/s
- Follow us on facebook for the updates and help spread the word by sharing, liking and commenting.
- Come to our pre-Clean Up fundraiser event (details released on Facebook)
REGISTER NOW
Registration is FREE and simple. Fill in your details and sign the waiver online at:
Your details will be logged straight into the database, then forwarded to QPWS.  All volunteers gain fee exempt 4x4 and camping under our permit.
We'll send out an info sheet via email in the weeks before the clean up.
For further enquiries and media interviews:
Craig Macintyre 0434 587 756  /  Aaron Horsey 0449 686 746
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Become Ocean Friendly

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EarthWalker Cafe & Co has become Australia's first Ocean Friendly #surfrideroceanfriendly business.
Surfrider South Coast Branch in conjunction with @boomerangalliance and @plasticfreewollongong
have just implemented an exciting new programme to encourage cafes, restaurants, markets and festivals to ditch the single-use plastic habit and source local and sustainable foods.

With research suggesting that 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish, Surfrider Foundation Australia created the Ocean Friendly program to stop excessive plastic entering our waterways.

This free program aims to certify and promote Australian businesses that are making a difference in protecting our oceans, waves and beaches. In order to be Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly certified establishments must implement 6 compulsory criteria.

1. No expanded polystyrene foam use

2. No single use plastic straws

3. Reusable tableware is used for 'dine-in' & non-plastic utensils for takeaway food

4. No water sold in plastic water bottles

5. No plastic bags offered for takeout orders

6. Proper recycling practices are followed.

 

For more information email southcoastnsw@surfrider.org.au

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Martha Lavina's - King Island

Martha_032108_095.jpgTHREATS: POLLUTED WATERWAYS, VISUAL AMENITY & ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY
Surfrider Foundation Australia is actively protesting against a possible Salmon Farm that will negatively impact the quality of the Martha Lavinia surf break on King Island.

Martha Lavinia is a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait. Perfect A-frame waves are formed by swell wrapping around both sides of the island and meeting up again on the north coast over Marthas pristine white sand banks. This wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Bells Easter contest. Kelly Slater has surfed here a few times as has Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Derek Hynd is also a big fan.Tassal has been granted a permit to research the possibility of establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Marthas. The research area is adjacent to the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Wetland and a fish farm here (potentially 1 million fish in 22 pens) would pose threats including the following;

  • Impacts on the quality of the surfing waves due to structures within the farm impeding the strength and height of the swell as it travel north along the east coast, the way the swell refracts around the island and the potential for the shape of the sand banks to be affected.
  • King Island’s economy is reliant on a pristine environment particularly for it’s seafood, kelp harvesting, dairy & beef industries and tourism. The island has built up a reputation for it’s clean green image and produce from King Island is held in high regard. A salmon farm here would damage that iconic King Island brand.
  • Potential for the public to lose recreational access to coastal areas on the east side of the island. Tassal haven’t provided any information about any necessary land based infrastructure.
  • Pollution in the form of untreated waste (fish faeces) on the seabed which could wash up on the beaches. There are also risks to ecosystems, natural fisheries and kelp habitat due to waste and excess feed reducing the dissolved oxygen level in the water.
  • Disease and parasites from the salmon farm being introduced into surrounding waters,
  • Acidity in the water may increase due to excess fish feed falling to the sea bed. A high proportion of wild caught feed is used in the fish meal that feed the salmon, and for 1 kg of fish produced, just less than 2 kg of fish meal may be required.
  • Parts of the fish pen infrastructure, rope, pipe and nets washing up on the shore as marine debris and being mistaken for food by marine animals and seabird.
  • Debris from cleaning of the pens polluting surrounding waters.
  • Seals may be attracted to the smorgasbord of fish which in turn could increase shark numbers,
  • Loss of amenity for surfers and users of the beaches and adjacent coastal reserve. People need wild spaces to be able to connect with nature and this area is about as wild as it gets.
  • Risk to endangered species like the hooded plover and other beach nesting seabirds such as the red capped plover, fairy tern, little tern and pied oyster catchers. Hooded plover nests are a shallow depression in the sand above the high tide mark in the sand. They are threatened by predatory gulls, dogs, feral cats, vehicles and beach walkers and they don’t need additional threats such as those posed by salmon farms The coastal strip provides seasonal habitat for the Orange Bellied Parrot which is critically endangered.
  • There are also threats to the little penguins, aquatic invertebrates and other species that call this beach home.
  • Odour

    According to Tassal, the benefit to King Island would be some jobs, perhaps improved freight logistics and lower freight costs.
    We don't believe taht justifies all of the above mentioned threats. There is a track record of environmental issues with salmon farms in Tasmania. (Macquarie Harbour, Port Huon, Okehampton Bay, refer Four Corners episode 'Big Fish" Oct 2016) and it appears that the state government facilitates expansion of this industry despite strong community opposition in the name of jobs, growth and the economy.
    It appears that the salmon farming industry is permitted to to keep expanding regardless of past environmental practices and community opposition. We need to be loud and strong about this from the outset.

    What can you do right now to help save this wave:
  • Share our social media posts with friends.
  • Let the Tasmanian Government know that you don’t want this to proceed (Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries – email: jeremy.rockliff@dpac.tas.gov.au and Hon Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks – email: elise@elisearcher.com and in the Federal Parliament to the Member for Braddon, Justine Keay – email: justine.keay.mp@aph.gov.au. Get in touch with the Tasmanian Labour politicians too, they are in opposition at the moment and there is a state election in March 2018. 
  • Sign the petition at  www.communityrun.org/petiti…/keep-king-island-fish-farm-free 
  • Join the King Island local’s call to boycott all farmed salmon products from Tasmania (Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna, these are the 3 companies who could farm next to Martha’s) but even more importantly "broadcast" that you are joining the boycott. This could impact upon Tassal because 90% of their market is Australia and their shareholders are becoming nervous about the negative publicity. In March this year Australian Ethical, a large superannuation fund sold their big parcel of shares because of Tassal’s environmental record.
    • Join the facebook page ‘Surfers Against Inshore Fish Farms – SAIFF’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1916317421718030/










Surfrider Foundation determined to save Martha's

Surfrider Foundation Australia is actively protesting against a possible Salmon Farm that will negatively impact the quality of the Martha Lavinia surf break on King Island.

Martha Lavinia is a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait. Perfect A-frame waves are formed by swell wrapping around both sides of the island and meeting up again on the north coast over Marthas pristine white sand banks. This wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Bells Easter contest. Kelly Slater has surfed here a few times as has Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Derek Hynd is also a big fan.Tassal has been granted a permit to research the possibility of establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Marthas. The research area is adjacent to the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Wetland and a fish farm here (potentially 1 million fish in 22 pens) would pose threats including the following;

  • Impacts on the quality of the surfing waves due to structures within the farm impeding the strength and height of the swell as it travel north along the east coast, the way the swell refracts around the island and the potential for the shape of the sand banks to be affected.
  • King Island’s economy is reliant on a pristine environment particularly for it’s seafood, kelp harvesting, dairy & beef industries and tourism. The island has built up a reputation for it’s clean green image and produce from King Island is held in high regard. A salmon farm here would damage that iconic King Island brand.
  • Potential for the public to lose recreational access to coastal areas on the east side of the island. Tassal haven’t provided any information about any necessary land based infrastructure.
  • Pollution in the form of untreated waste (fish faeces) on the seabed which could wash up on the beaches. There are also risks to ecosystems, natural fisheries and kelp habitat due to waste and excess feed reducing the dissolved oxygen level in the water.
  • Disease and parasites from the salmon farm being introduced into surrounding waters,
  • Acidity in the water may increase due to excess fish feed falling to the sea bed. A high proportion of wild caught feed is used in the fish meal that feed the salmon, and for 1 kg of fish produced, just less than 2 kg of fish meal may be required.
  • Parts of the fish pen infrastructure, rope, pipe and nets washing up on the shore as marine debris and being mistaken for food by marine animals and seabird.
  • Debris from cleaning of the pens polluting surrounding waters.
  • Seals may be attracted to the smorgasbord of fish which in turn could increase shark numbers,
  • Loss of amenity for surfers and users of the beaches and adjacent coastal reserve. People need wild spaces to be able to connect with nature and this area is about as wild as it gets.
  • Risk to the vulnerable fairy tern and risk to other species that use the area such as the eastern curlew, black faced cormorant, white faced storm petrel, white bellied sea eagle, orange bellied parrot and long nosed fur seal. There is also a risk to the vulnerable humpback whale and endangered southern right whale which migrate through the permit area.

    According to Tassal, the benefit to King Island would be some jobs, perhaps improved freight logistics and lower freight costs.
    We don't believe taht justifies all of the above mentioned threats. There is a track record of environmental issues with salmon farms in Tasmania. (Macquarie Harbour, Port Huon, Okehampton Bay, refer Four Corners episode 'Big Fish" Oct 2016) and it appears that the state government facilitates expansion of this industry despite strong community opposition in the name of jobs, growth and the economy.
    It appears that the salmon farming industry is permitted to to keep expanding regardless of past environmental practices and community opposition. We need to be loud and strong about this from the outset.

    What can you do right now to help save this wave:

  • Share our social media posts with friends.
  • Follow and share our Surfrider Save Martha Lavinia Beach facebook page to keep up to date on how you can help protect this iconic break.
  • Please sign this PETITION
  • Let the Tasmanian Government know that you don’t want this to proceed (Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries – email: jeremy.rockliff@dpac.tas.gov.au and Hon Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks – email: elise@elisearcher.com and in the Federal Parliament to the Member for Braddon, Justine Keay – email: justine.keay.mp@aph.gov.au. Get in touch with the Tasmanian Labour politicians too, they are in opposition at the moment and there is a state election in March 2018.  
  • Join the King Island local’s call to boycott all farmed salmon products from Tasmania (Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna, these are the 3 companies who could farm next to Martha’s) but even more importantly "broadcast" that you are joining the boycott. This could impact upon Tassal because 90% of their market is Australia and their shareholders are becoming nervous about the negative publicity. In March this year Australian Ethical, a large superannuation fund sold their big parcel of shares because of Tassal’s environmental record.
    • Join the facebook page ‘Surfers Against Inshore Fish Farms – SAIFF’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1916317421718030/


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