Two Bays 2013 will run over most of February. The program has been an initiative of Pelican Expeditions,
Saltwater Projects and major partner Parks Victoria. This year we are partnering with VACCA,
Catholic Department of Education, Kingston City Council, French Island Landcare,
Nautilus Education and various schools. In-kind support from the EPA is enabling the project to be
collecting continuous water quality data of Port Phillip and Western Port Bays. The program should be changed
to Two Bays and an Inlet, as this year we are also including Corner Inlet and Wilson’s Promontory.
This year the focus will be been on the schools and education program. Please check out the
Two Bays facebook page for updates and information.
Natalie (and daughter, Aurora) participated in the IPMEN 2012
conference in Chile last November. IPMEN has been set up to facilitate connection between marine educators across the Pacific.
This year’s conference enabled participants to travel to Santiago, Chile and Patagonia, to exchange ideas, projects and
inspiration from our respective marine worlds It is energising to hear stories from around the Pacific and the focus on
Traditional Knowledge and Science is right up Pelican’s alley. Here is our group gathered in a traditional structure in
Patagonia where we had a wonderful meal put on by the Mayor of Tortel and the organisers of the conference. The chief conference
organiser was Prof. Luis Antonio Pinto from Chile. Thank you to all the organisers from around the Pacific who made this gathering possible.
The second half of 2012 was a very busy one. Much of the time and energy was expended to ready the boat for a journey to Tuvalu.
Unfortunately the climate change film project we were preparing to work on, lost their funding.
So Garry McKechnie and Pelican team (you can read more about this in the Captain’s Log)
decided to continue with a plan for a Pacific journey and meet up with me (Natalie) in Vanuatu. I was there exploring a
cultural project based on the Short-finned Eel’s ancient journey between Australia and the deep trenches to the West of Vanuatu,
in the Coral Sea. With the help from hardy sea passengers, Pelican1 made it safely to Vanuatu after experiencing
some pretty fierce conditions at sea. On the way they stopped at Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.
We are now working on ideas to get us back out to the Pacific Islands again soon.
Pelican1 returning to Bermagui harbour after a day sail.
Photo: Jem Dragon
Pelican1 is having her annual check up and maintenance work on the slip in Bermagui.
The vessel has been continuously improved since she was launched in 2004 and this year work was
done to improve the central deck area.
Natalie is participating in the first Indigenous Watercraft conference
NAWI, over two days.
She will be in Sydney with Samia Goudie from ANU and Jazzmin Bowen from Hope Vale community and
together they will present Sea Stories - Building Renewal, Strength and Healing.
Here’s a picture from the magical opening night as canoes were launched into Darling Harbour
for the first time in a very long time.
Pelican1 has arrived home in Bermagui after a three week journey down the East coast and over a months engagement
in projects along the east coast of the Cape. She has now been overhauled and is heading down to Melbourne for Two Bays 2012.
Two Bays provides a unique opportunity for bay managers and stakeholders to build knowledge, engage coastal
communities and form partnerships to better understand and protect bay values, and to highlight our links with bay health.
The program is designed to develop deeper cross-collaboration and knowledge sharing within the agencies that manage the bays,
connect the local communities to their marine parks and fit in as much science as we can. We are looking forward to involving
some local Primary schools from both bays this year. The program has strong partnerships in the local Aboriginal communities
and has gained a deeper understanding of the powerful connections of the Kulin nation to their sea country. Two Bays
curriculum has been developed for Primary and Secondary that has marine science embedded in the deep-time traditional
knowledge that has been shared by traditional owners.
We are going to try to keep up with the pace of the program and share each day through
blogs and tweets.
If you live or travel near the bays, have a look out to see if you can spot Pelican1, making her annual
rounds of Port Phillip and Western Port Bay. We will be measuring water quality continuously and getting as
many people on the water as we can comfortably contain. We will be out and about between the 21 January
and 10 February, 2012.
This is a partnership program that could not be sustained without the support from agencies, organisations,
universities, schools, councils and individual scientists and researchers. In particular, the ongoing support
of Parks Victoria has enabled the program to develop, mature and continue into its seventh year.
For further information please contact Natalie Davey via email@example.com.
Pelican1 has emerged from her Winter cocoon in Bermagui with a brand new coat of paint and all her annual maintenance done.
The boat has been busy too, offering tours to see the migrating whales and exploring the Sapphire Coast.
This has been a fantastic way for us to connect with many of the wonderful people who live, work or visit this
beautiful stretch of coastline.
The Pelican team are sailing now for Cape York, heading North for our annual
project with the Hope Vale community.
This will be our 8th year and we are all looking forward to spending time in Guugu Yimmithirr Sea Country.
You will be able to follow our progress on the Cape through daily updates on our blogging pages.
Following the Hope Vale project, which runs during the September school holidays, we are travelling further North
to work with the Wuthathi people. We will be travelling with Traditional Owners out to their islands and
They will be assessing the health of their Sea Country and working on
Both projects are in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
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