Winter Holiday Program 2018 at Queenscliff Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in Queenscliff, Victoria will be hosting a number of fun, fishy holiday activities between the 2nd and 6th of July, 2018.

There’s events every day with no booking required, as well as special booked events both inside and outside the centre. Enjoy Story Time, Ocean Art with renowned artist/illustrator Jennifer Beck, our Go fish! quiz or join us outside for a marine biology cruise or beach discovery exploration. We have events for all age groups.

Booking details and timetables can be downloaded here: Winter Holiday Program 2018 or visit the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre web site.

Call for forum speakers

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre is seeking expressions of interest to speak at our Annual Marine Science Forum in Merimbula on May 2 & 3 2015.

The theme for this year is ‘Our Changing Oceans’, your talk must reflect this theme. Talks go for 30 min with 15 min Q&A and possibly an outdoor excursion with participants.

Please send us a brief summary of who you are and what topic you will cover.

If you’re accepted, we’ll cover your expenses to get here, and host you for a weekend in beautiful Merimbula.

Email your expression of interest to Jillian at by February 16, 2015.

Marine Discovery Centre Networking – Island Style

Each year representatives from Marine Discovery Centre’s Australia get together  for an annual Marine Discovery Centre conference.


At these conferences like minded Marine Educators meet up and over a period of two to three days discuss ideas, give presentations about their own centres, hear interesting talks and share experiences.   It is an excellent opportunity to see how other Marine Discovery centres around Australia operate and to meet the diverse and energetic group of people who work at them.

PA170219Each year one of the centers’ will host the conference and this year, it was set in the rather awesome location of Thursday Island, Queensland. Set at almost the tippy top of our continent, our Host Tim Hillier , Head of Land and Sea, Tagai College, held an impressive meeting at the school he works at which houses his Marine Discovery Centre , called the Torres Strait Land and Sea Discovery Centre

Tim boated us around just a few of the 244 spectacular islands that make up the Torres Straits which included Prince of Wales Is, Horn Island, Friday Island and of course Thursday Island itself. We had a chance to dive a few stunning coral ribbon reefs, lunch on pristine sands while conducting ‘reccies’ for future outdoor activities for Tim’s students, conduct a marine debris clean up and check out some of the local wildlife and nightlife. Of course there was the more serious side of business such as presentations about The Great Barrier reef, turtle and dugong management in the area and general fisheries management. We had a chance to tour Tim’s school and check out the marine discovery centre he is in charge of and meet some students.


All in all this years’ conference proved to be once again highly successful as an informative learning session and sharing of thoughts, new concepts and designs. Set in a beautiful location we were treated to some amazing scenery, made new friends and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say we all came back with heads full of new ideas ready to implement into our own centres.

The annual Marine Discovery Centre conferences are made possible with a grant by the FRDC (Fisheries Research & Development Corporation).


Sapphire Coast Science Festival

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The Sapphire Coast will be celebrating science in a big way this year through a Science Festival during  National Science Week from Saturday 16 to 23 August.  With significant funding through the Australian Government Inspiring Australia program, a group of organisations led by the Atlas of Life, has formed the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub which will conduct a variety of science and technology activities for the whole community.natsciwk_skyscraper

  • Presentations on Aboriginal science focussed on the Bundian Way and a presentation on Aboriginal astronomy by Dr Duane Hamacher (UNSW) at Jigamy Farm – Tuesday 19 August, 4pm – 6.30pm. Book online

  • Introduction to plant identification – Wednesday 22 August, 9.15 to 12.30pm, Bega.  A hands-on introduction to the use of botanical keys, online databases, herbaria and other tools to identify local native plants. Learn tips to quickly identify the main plant families. Plant samples, printed and online resources, microscopes and hand lenses will be provided for use at the workshop.
  • Panboola walks and talks – Thursday August 21, 10am – 12pm.
    The guided walks will take people around the entire site with a focus on the Bioblitz results, bird observation/watching and a journey through the history (and a glimpse into the future!) of Panboola. Book online
  • Science Cafe – Thursday August 21, 1 -4.30pm at Oaklands, Pambula.  No booking required
  • CoWS near the Coast IT workshops – Fri 22 4.30pm to 8pm; Sat 23 10am to 12pm; 12.15pm to 1.15pm; and 1.30pm to 5pm. Anyone, even beginners, with a curiosity about how computers and modern devices like smart-phones work are encouraged to come along and explore the wonderful world of coding at one of these 4 workshops on offer – promising to be a fun learning experience!
  • SCMDC Open Day -Saturday August 23, 10am – 3pm at SCMDC, Eden Wharf.
    Gold coin entry to the Discovery Centre. Come in for a variety of hands-on science activities based on the 2014 Science Week theme of Food for our future. We will showcase some fun science with food such as a smartie party or a milky rainbow. There will be displays from a number of community and environment groups and a citizen science workshop and visit to the local rock pools with EarthWatch Institute Australia.
    Bookings required for the rock pool survey. Participation in the survey is free and open to all ages. Call 02 6496 1699 or to book in.

Japanese Devilray in Albany

Japanese devilrayDur­ing a recent field trip, Depart­ment of Fish­eries staff in Western Australia stum­bled across an unusual sight­ing at Cheynes Beach, east of Albany… a Japan­ese dev­il­ray (Mob­ula japan­ica).

So why was this usual? It’s the first recorded sight­ing of this species in West­ern Australia!

Read more…

‘Who Cares? Global research – local issues’ Marine Science Forum

Marine science forum poster‘Who Cares? Global research – local issues’ Marine Science Forum

When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2013

Where: Eden Marine High School Hall, Barclay Street, EDEN  NSW  2551


Dr Scott Ling, Research Associate, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Presentation title: Ocean warming, overfishing and overgrazing of kelp beds in eastern Tasmania

Dr Jane Sexton, Section Leader, Risk Analysis Methods, Geoscience Australia.
Presentation title: Tsunami: how wet will you get?

Dr Pia Winberg, Director, Shoalhaven Marine & Freshwater Centre, UOW Shoalhaven Campus
Presentation title: Oysters anyone?

Dr Ezequiel Marzinelli, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, University of New South Wales
Presentation title: Restoring underwater forests

Dr Steve Eggins and Kate Holland (PhD Candidate), Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Presentation title: Why put the acid on Twofold Bay’s planktonic foraminifers?

Kylie Owen (PhD Candidate), Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland
Presentation title: Humpbacks lunging on local cuisine

Download the Registration Form so you don’t miss out!  ‘Who Cares’ Marine Science Forum 2013 Registration Form


Algal Bloom in Eden

The residents of Eden awoke to a sea of pink on Wednesday (20/3/13) morning as an extensive algal bloom had painted the waters of Twofold Bay.

Algal blooms are a natural phenomenon caused by the mass reproduction of tiny microscopic phytoplankton including dinoflagellates, diatoms and algae. They often occur in Autumn and Spring when water temperatures are higher and ocean current movements are greater. Bloom in the harbour

Some species that cause algal blooms can produce toxins and be harmful to fish, birds, shellfish and even humans. But not all algal blooms are harmful, in fact, many are beneficial as the tiny plants provide a food source for many organisms.

These phenomena are often referred to as ‘red tides’ but scientists argue that this is an incorrect description as they are often not red and are not related to tidal movements.

Interestingly, some species of phytoplankton are bioluminescent, that is, they can produce and emit light. This can be seen best at night as these organisms essentially ‘glow in the dark’.

It is unclear what species caused the Eden algal bloom, but samples have been collected by SCMDC and sent to CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Tasmania for analysis.

Algal bloom Calle Calle BayAlgae bloom Twofold Bay

Algal bloom at Cattle Bay


Swirls of algae

Spring School Holiday Program at SCMDC!!

The smell of spring is in the air and the sunshine has started to warm up the Sapphire Coast of NSW.

Even the whales have arrived to celebrate the warming weather and even more exciting is the release of the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre school holiday program.

This holiday program is jam packed with lots of exciting and educational activities. Come in and make your own marine mobiles, fossils or seaweed bath jelly. Join a marine scientist on a tour of the local rock platform and discover what creatures lurk beneath your feet.

Download the Spring Holidays Program 2012!!

Bookings are essential. Contact us on 02 6496 1699 or visit our website for more information

National Science Week Events

Marine Mania Trivia Night

When: Wednesday 15th August at 6.30pm
Where: Wharf Restaurant and Merimbula Aquarium
Cost: $20 each or $170 for a table of 10 – includes a food platter per table and drink on arrival
Contact us to book in a table or just yourself and we’ll find you a team
Places are limited and bookings close Wednesday August 8

Sheree Marris

Sheree Marris

Sheree Marris – Public Presentation
Topic: Secrets of Sex in the Sea
When: Friday 17th August at 6pm
Where: SCMDC theatrette
Cost: $5 or Free for Associate Members
Bookings required. Please contact us to reserve your place.

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Open Day
Date: Saturday August 18
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation
Get wet and wild with science!

National Science Week Photo Scavenger Hunt
To celebrate National Science Week we want you to find and photograph our local marine science. The photo scavenger hunt is a way to discover the amazing world around you and win an amazing prize while you’re at it.

The prize is a limited edition LEGO® set of the CSIRO research vessel the Investigator. Only 100 of these sets have been designed and produced for Australia and we are lucky enough to have one set to give away.

Download the full guidelines and photo list:
Photo Scavenger Hunt Guidelines and Photo List

LEGO Investigator

Marine Mania Trivia Night

Dive into marine trivia to celebrate National Science Week 2012. Don’t fret it’s not all science but it is all marine!

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre and the Wharf Restaurant & Merimbula Aquarium are hosting a wet and wild trivia night.

The Marine Mania trivia night will be a marine adventure, with questions on marine based TV, movies, music, sport and of course some science. We even have a naughty round of questions asked by our special guest Sheree Marris, author of the cheeky book ‘Karma Seatra – The secrets of sex in the sea’.

Lots of exciting prizes to be won and fun to be had.  Get your thinking caps and wetsuits on and join us for a night of marine mania!

Date: Wednesday August 15 2012Marine mania trivia night poster

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Wharf Restaurant & Merimbula Aquarium

Cost: $20 per person or $170 for a table of 10. The cost includes a platter of finger food per table and a drink on arrival.

Contact us to book in a table or just yourself and we’ll find you a team

Phone: 02 6496 1699

Places are limited and bookings close Wednesday August 8



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