Seaweek began as an art competition that was promoted in all states of Australia by MESA in 1987 and was accompanied by an educational kit consisting of marine activities and relevant information brochures. Between 1988 and 2014 Seaweek was the MESA’s major national public awareness campaign. It was conducted annually, usually in March, to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage appreciation of the sea. Seaweek was also adopted by MESA in New Zealand.
Each year a different Seaweek theme was chosen and a national coordinator appointed. This provided a focus for student and the community activities, the publication of educational materials and media promotions about marine and coastal environments. Over 27 years MESA also had a team of dedicated individuals and groups around Australia and New Zealand who promote marine awareness and provide educational events in their regions to make Seaweek an on-going success. Throughout that time Seaweek even had its own Trade Marked logo. Details of each theme plus sample curriculum materials and examples of regional evens are available on the old MESA web site at www.mesa.edu.au/seaweek.asp.
MESA Seaweek Themes: Click on the active links below to see a sample of each annual Seaweek theme.
|1987 Initial Seaweek||2001 Ocean Culture – People and the Sea|
|1988 Communities Celebrating the Sea||2002 Diving Deeper|
|1989 Communities Celebrating the Sea||2003 Exploring our oceans|
|1990 Turn the Tide (Marine Pollution)||2004 Discover me in the sea|
|1991 Fish for the Future||2005 SOS – Save our Sharks|
|1992 Marine Parks Save Our Seas||2006 Footprints for our future|
|1993 Caring for the Coast||2007 Marine Bycatch matters|
|1994 Caring for the Coast||2008 “Extinction – a Saw point”|
|1995 Restore the Balance||2009 A Climate for Change|
|1996 The Wetlands Connection||2010 Oceans of Life|
|1997 Explore the Deep||2011 Spotlight on Marine Science|
|1998 Clean Oceans||2012 Marine Debris|
|1999 Marine Biodiversity||2013 Sustainable Seas|
|2000 Protecting our Harbour of Life||2014 Sustainable Seas and Aquaculture|
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