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Coral watch
Sick coral
  • Take only pictures and leave only footprints – leave marine creatures in our marine parks, for all to enjoy. If you pick up a rock or shell, always put it back where you found it, as there is bound to be something living on it or in it.
  • Help save marine animals from a slow death. Pick up any rubbish on the beach or floating in marine parks and put it in the bin.
  • Recycle or reuse your plastic bags or, better yet, buy a reusable bag!
  • If you're boating in marine parks or visiting an island collect all your rubbish and dispose of it on land.
  • Don't let rubbish get washed down the storm water drains and into our precious marine parks. Make sure all rubbish goes into bins for correct disposal or recycling.
  • When you're fishing, don't leave bait bags lying around and throw all unwanted fishing line in the bin.
  • If you find a sick or injured animal on the beach, you can call the following people for help:
    The Department of Parks and Wildlife's Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 - for seabirds or turtle hatchlings;
    Widlife officers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife on 9334 0295 - for stranded or sick and injured dolphins, sea lions, seals, turtles or whales;
    Penguin Hotline on 0405 397 913 - for sick, injured or dead penguins.
  • Fish for the future! Abide by fish size, bag and possession limits set by the Department of Fisheries and help protect our fish, some of which are unique to Western Australia!
  • If you're visiting a marine park make sure you 'know your zones'. Some zones are set aside as sanctuaries where you can look but not take (these areas are fantastic spots to go snorkelling as they have especially abundant marine life).
  • If you visit areas with corals (like Pocillopora Reef at Rottnest Island) you can collect information for Coral Watch. Visit their website http://www.coralwatch.org/ and find out more about coral bleaching and how you can help monitor coral health.
  • Ingredients found in some brands of sunscreen can cause coral bleaching, even at low concentrations. ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN WHEN SWIMMING OUTDOORS. However, if you know you are going to be swimming near corals, ask your parents to only purchase sunscreens that do not contain the ingredients paraben, cinnamate, benzophenones and camphor derivates. These are the nasties where coral reefs are concerned. Several leading brands of sunscreens are environmentally friendly, so some simple choices can help to protect our marine parks and our beautiful reefs.
  • You can help protect our marine parks just by switching off lights when not in use and by cycling to school. Carbon emissions into our atmosphere are killing our coral reefs! Our oceans are absorbing the excess carbon dioxide and becoming more acidic. The acid is literally 'eating away' the skeleton of the corals.
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