Custodians of the coast to be awarded



IF you know someone or a group making a difference to the health of our coastal and marine environment, now is the time to have them recognised.

Nominations are now open for organisations and individuals for the $5000 Minister's Award for Coastal Custodians.

"Last year's award was presented to a group of volunteers who identified and then eradicated an infestation of introduced marine pest, the northern pacific seastar, from the waters around the town of Inverloch," Federal Envi- ronment Minister Ian Campbell said.

"The objectives of the Minister's Award for Coastal Custodians are to encourage a culture of custodianship among Australians and their coastal and marine environments and to foster partnerships and co-operation to this end between individuals, organisations, schools, business and industry.

"In this way, Australians can work together to preserve the health, integrity and diversity of our coasts and oceans."

Criteria include the development of a practical solution to a marine or coastal environmental problem, innovation in marine or coastal environmental remediation, community or school-based awareness-raising, a pro-active approach to cultural or behavioural change, monitoring leading to remediation action, or cooperation to improve the marine or coastal environment.

Entries close Friday, November 11.

For more information visit www.oceans.gov.au



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