Celebrating World Oceans Day - Marine kaitiaki guardians from Kaitaia to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!
The annual EMR competition trip is organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as representatives from eight regions where EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington,
Nelson and Otago.
Massive thanks to Kerikeri Primary for the fantastic fanmail !
Huge thank you to Blue Mako Seasport for sponsoring this beautiful new safety kayak for the Auckland Region.
Dive into Seaweek 2016!!!
Saturday the 27th February marks the beginning of Seaweek 2016 with 25 events in Northland listed on the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz/events/northland, plus 14 competitions nationally. So dive into Seaweek, visit the website and check out the events near you!
Kia ora - EMR is searching for new volunteers for the following role:
Water based snorkel guides - Volunteer guides will each take a small group of the public (maximum 6), assisting them to snorkel and identify the fish they see. The groups will keep close to the shore on the whole and sessions will last about 20 minutes. Volunteer guides will do 2 - 3 sessions then take a break. A kayak or vessel may support the groups and a full briefing will be held before the event. You will need to be an experienced snorkeler i.e. comfortable in the marine environment and have the ability to look after the group, plus a basic knowledge of what you're likely to see in the way of fish and other marine life. Able to follow instructions, fit and healthy and free from the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Deputy National Coordinator Lorna Doogan spent time in the beautiful Akaroa Harbour checking out their marine reserves.
Community Guided Kayak Day - Waikaraka (Whangarei) registration information and forms can be found on the link below - please note that we have limited places left on thw 28th Feb tour
We are very excited that TV3 news was able to join Reremoana Schools EMR programme with coordinator Lorna Hefford over the weekend - see the link below
It is with a heavy heart that I write this tribute to my hero – Bill Ballantine
By Vince Kerr
Without any doubt Bill's contribution to marine conservation is legendary stuff. I would argue that Bill sits in a class of his own in our short New Zealand history of marine conservation. Last year he released a paper reviewing 50 years of experience with marine reserves; the fact that it is 50 years of his own direct experience is testament to his commitment.