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

10 October 2021

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

30 September 2021

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

08 September 2021

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

31 August 2021

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

07 May 2021

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

30 April 2021

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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