Plastic Ocean - the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life
Friday 10 August, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Image by Emmie Willis supplied by Kathy Townsend
USC marine conservationist Dr Kathy Townsend will present an enlightening talk about the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life. Marking the opening of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, the award-winning academic will draw on more than a decade of research to highlight how rubbish such as plastic bags are killing Queensland’s iconic sea turtles.
Dr Townsend has gained international attention through her work as a lead academic on renowned scientific programs such as “Project Manta” that investigates the life history of manta rays. At this free community event, she will bridge the gap between academia and the public to bring greater awareness to the impact of sea pollution.
Location: USC Fraser Coast, 161-179 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay
Registrations are essential, book your space here today!
After the talk, join us as we unveil ‘Seascape’ – a massive art installation featuring stunning underwater footage from the pristine waters of Lady Elliot Island. Filmed by local award-winning photographer Michael Smith – owner of Into The Wild Photography – the 15m-high projection reminds us why we must protect beautiful ocean creatures and their environment.
The art installation will run every night for the duration of the festival – from 5.30pm – 9pm.