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2023 Year in Review

20 December 2023
Thank you to our valued community and supporters who have made 2023 a record-breaking year for the Marine Discovery Centre.
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Dr Zoe Doubleday - MDC's new Patron

14 November 2023
The Marine Discovery Centre is delighted to announce Dr Zoe Doubleday as our new Patron. Zoe is passionate about connecting people to nature and now joins Chris Daniels and Karl Telfer as Patrons of the Marine Discovery Centre.
 
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Why give a rat’s about recycling? And a guide to getting it right…

26 September 2023

Article by Mary Gordan

The 21st century has seen increasing pressure to tackle environmental issues that have been exacerbated by climate change, and the increased resource exploitation and pollution that comes with a growing world population. 

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Mysterious loss and recent reintroduction of the Great Southern Reef’s keystone species- the native oyster

24 September 2023

Article by Mary Gordon

This is the story of how the ignorance and needs of mankind drove an essential ecosystem engineer of the Great Southern Reef to near extinction, and how generations of people forgot they even existed in the first place. How can this be? And what are we doing to fix it?

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Microplastics: Minuscule but destructive to our oceans - By Madeline Pope

15 May 2023

Microplastics are one of the largest rising pollutants of the 21st century as due to their increasing presence in water bodies such as, lakes oceans and seas is growing leading to health risks of marine environments and aquatic organisms.

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The chemistry behind ocean acidification

13 April 2023

Written by: Alya Arief Azali

Excessive carbon dioxide emissions are a key driver in global warming, but did you know carbon dioxide also increases ocean acidity?

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Reimagining the Marine Discovery Centre

24 February 2023

On Thursday 23 February 2023 the MDC welcomed invited guests to the ‘Reimagining the Marine Discovery Centre’ event. In 41 degree heat we thank the 100 guests who came to see the upgraded centre.

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The world is your oyster - by Chelsea Foubister

13 October 2022

You may like to pair oysters with a nice glass of champagne or with lemon and tabasco, but have you ever thought about their mysterious lives beneath the sea? There is a reason South Australia is famous for their oysters and not just the ones that end up on your plate at a fine dining restaurant. Oysters are in fact ecological superheroes and form a vital part of our Great Southern Reef here in southern Australia.

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The effect of tourism on iconic species of the Fleurieu Peninsula

07 June 2022

In 2018 tourism on the Fleurieu Peninsula contributed $493 million in visitor expenditure with 771 000 overnight visitors per year, 78 % of which being from South Australia (18% interstate, 4% international). The Fleurieu Peninsula encompasses 4 national parks including Granite Island Recreation Park, Encounter Marine Park, Onkaparinga River national Park/ Recreation Park and Deep Creek Conservation Park. 

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Protecting our "Puppies of the Sea"

28 April 2022

Earlier this month Chanel 10 aired a story describing the killing of juvenile Port Jackson sharks off South Australia’s Metropolitan coast and the subsequent community-driven push for stricter laws protecting this species.

Article written by Mary Gordon

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