Plastic Ocean - the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life.

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Plastic Ocean - the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life.

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.

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.

The annual festival, which runs from 10-19 August, was established to promote marine conservation in the Fraser Coast region – home to a celebrated rest stop for thousands of humpback whales as they migrate south each year.

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-wide 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 – 9.30pm.

Cost: FREE

Registrations are essential, book your space today!  

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