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The effect of tourism on iconic species of the Fleurieu Peninsula


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"


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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It's time to respect the locals - by Tamika Heath


Sharks are an extremely important part of keeping our oceans healthy and thriving, but still, all around Australia, sharks are being caught and killed in significant numbers. A major area of concern is the Shark Control Program in both New South Wales and Queensland. These programs involve the implementation of shark mesh nets, as well as the addition of baited drumlines in Queensland. The government claim the reasons for these processes are to protect people from sharks, when in fact it just creates a false sense of security for swimmers and harms our beautiful marine life in the process.

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The wonders of Port Noarlunga Reef


When thinking about going snorkelling in Australia, the first location that usually comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef, but did you know that right here in South Australia, just out of Adelaide, we have our own reef teaming with fish and other marine life, known as the Port Noarlunga Reef!

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Nudibranchs: Not Your Typical Slug


The term ‘sea slug’ may not create excitement in the minds of some, but these colourful creatures are definitely something to marvel at. Nudibranchs are gastropod molluscs that lack a shell and can be found in many marine habitats around the world, including the South Australian coastline.

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Ugly faces need love too - by Jamie Priest


Conservation biology has a problem.

A big problem.

A beautiful problem.

A majestic problem.

A charming, fearsome, cute-as-a-button problem.

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After School Kids Marine Science Club


Every Thursday afternoon, the Marine Discovery Centre holds an after school Kid’s Marine Scientist Club for children who are aged between 7 and 13 and have a keen interest in marine science.

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Free Healing - by Rebecca Carey


I’ve always had a fascination with water, particularly the ocean and I’m sure a lot of you have too. I’ve always seemed to be drawn to it as it gives me a sense of calm and often inspires me. Lately, I’ve started to question why.

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For the Love of Our Mangroves


St Kilds's mangroves are a vitally important habitat for many creatures, but face a new threat.

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MDC secures $95,299 grant from Green Adelaide


The Marine Discovery Centre is honoured to announce we are the recipient of the Green AdelaideGrassroots grant for the amount of $95,299.00.

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