Our Seas Our Future co-ordinator Suzanne Burns will be leading the group's new Adopt a Coast pilot project this morning. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle
Dunedin school pupils are getting involved in a new Our Seas
Our Future (OSOF) project aimed at conserving the local
The OSOF group is launching the Adopt a Coast project with a
pilot programme involving group of 27 Year 9 pupils from
Kavanagh College at John Wilson Ocean Drive this morning.
The pupils will adopt an area of coastline by visiting
regularly to carry out a beach clean-up, followed by a Marine
Metre Squared (MM2) session, to survey the local intertidal
species living in the area.
The pupils will also record and collect information on the
type and quantity of rubbish collected and local species
found in the area.
OSOF founder Noel Jhinku said Adopt A Coast was a hands-on,
practical initiative aimed at integrating marine conservation
and science into school projects.
''It's got the potential to be applied across many schools,''
How often the school groups returned to clean up their
adopted areas was entirely up to them, he said.
Marine pollution threatened the health of Otago's coasts and
oceans and could also affect wildlife. Preventing marine
pollution was very important for the wellbeing of the sea and
the life it contained and also for people, Mr Jhinku said.
OSOF is a non-profit marine conservation group based in
Dunedin, comprised of a group of individuals who are
passionate about protecting New Zealand's coastal and marine
OSOF regularly co-ordinates coastal clean-ups in the Dunedin
area, to highlight the issue of marine pollution and also its
effects on ecosystems.