Paddle Out for Protection, Sunday March 22, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club
The Ocean Lovers Festival will host a Paddle Out for Protection organised by the Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club on Sunday, March 22 starting straight after the Big Bondi Beach Clean at 11am. Led by local ironwoman champion and festival Ambassador Lizzie Welborn, participants can learn about the importance of the Sydney Coast Hope Spot from Dr Ezequiel "Ziggy" Marzinelli of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Sydney University, who will join the Paddle Out.
The Hope Spot, championed by Festival Founder Anita Kolni was designated by Mission Blue last year at the Ocean Lovers Festival, joins hundreds of marine environments from around the world seeking protection. Our blue backyard in Sydney is home to some 600 species of fish, more than in the entire Mediterranean, and some of these magnificent species are found nowhere else in the world. Sydney is also on the humpback and Southern right whale migration routes with historic Southern right whale calving grounds in Sydney Harbour. The harbour is also home to the last mainland colony of little penguins on the New South Wales coast, who only grow to 33cm and are the smallest penguins on Earth!
Sydney’s coastal waters are the pride and joy of the region and perhaps one of Australia’s greatest assets with more than 13 million visitors flocking to its beaches every year to enjoy its sun and inspiring marine life. Only 1% of the region is currently protected and the coastal area is at great risk, not because people intend to harm it but because of the huge pressure of the coastal population concentration and global climate change warming the sea. Coral bleaching has reached Sydney in the past two years. Come and find out why it matters, what is being done by the likes of Ziggy and his science colleagues and hear what you can do - while you enjoy our Paddle Out.
With the public’s involvement and support we can ensure a healthy future for Sydney’s marine ecosystems.