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Initiative Uses New Website To Target Students

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
31 March 2011, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - A new website set up as a joint initiative between the Department of Fisheries and Woodside Energy will deliver interactive and fully integrated marine education resources to primary school teachers across Western Australia.

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore officially launched the new website - called MarineWATERs - which is also accessible to the public by registering at http://marinewaters.fish.wa.gov.au

Mr Moore said the website was an exciting development for marine education in WA and gave teachers extensive and up-to-date content to help students understand and value the diversity, complexity and beauty of the marine environment.

“MarineWATERs connects educators and students with the teaching tools they need to study our State’s unique marine ecosystems and address challenges to the sustainability of WA’s aquatic resources,” he said.

“There are five themed modules on the website, with resources to meet the demands of WA’s curriculum framework and the new Australian curriculum.

“While the initial target is primary schools, new resources will be uploaded regularly, including content currently under development for secondary schools.

“A full suite of secondary school resources is expected to go online by next year.”

The Minister said MarineWATERs would also tap into social media activity. “Having a presence on Facebook will give MarineWATERs a chance to recruit supporters and spread the Fish for the Future message which is so important in educating about protecting the state’s important marine environment,” he said.

“The Facebook presence will allow feedback and discussion opportunities for teachers, educators and other interested people in the community.

“The website will support teachers through lesson plans, fact sheets and information on current and emerging issues as well as provide links to credible and relevant sources.”

Mr Moore said $300,000 in sponsorship from Woodside Energy had helped make the new website project possible.

“This sponsorship continues Woodside’s ongoing partnership with the Department of Fisheries to expand its marine education programs,” he said.

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