Whale tale: Joshua Harrison in his information tent.
Whale tale: Joshua Harrison in his information tent. Submitted

Sea Shepherd branch opens

COFFS Coast locals and visitors can play a key role in conserving the world's oceans and protecting ecosystems and species now that a branch of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has opened in Coffs Harbour.

The Sea Shepherd is best known for its battles against the Japanese killing fleets while trying to protect whales in the Antarctic.

Local resident Joshua Harrison has started the branch because he feels Coffs people have an affinity to the water and understand the impact of loss to our ocean environment.

“I think locals are supportive of the hands-on approach of the conservation organisation,” Mr Harrison said.

“Our aim at the moment is to get the word out about the Sea Sheppard Society, raise awareness of the problems facing our oceans and to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter in the world's oceans.”

Mr Harrison is so passionate about the world's oceans he will next year enrol in a Marine Science and Management course at Southern Cross University.

For the moment he is busy acting as the co-ordinator of the local Sea Shepherd branch, which already has three volunteers.

Over the coming months locals can expect to see a strong Sea Shepherd presence around the Coffs Coast.

Mr Harrison is running information stalls and fundraisers including an event at Club Coffs on West High on November 12 and a large stall at the Open Arms Festival on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for Sea Sheppard.

For more information on the local group, go to www.seashepherd.org/australia/coffs-harbour.



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