The Two Bays Project: A Model for Providing Multidisciplinary Approaches to Monitoring, Education, Engagement and Partnership Building
This chapter will describe a successful place-based marine outreach programme based on a combination of marine science, traditional knowledge, education and community engagement. Strong links to the seven Ocean Literacy Principles are also a feature of this program. The two bays in the chapter title, Port Phillip and Western Port, are located close to southern Australian City of Melbourne. These two water bodies support a diverse range of habitats and provide many environmental, social and economic benefits to the local community. And yet, the vast majority of Melbournians are unaware of the ways in which their lives are linked to these two bays, its deep-time history and, more generally, they are unaware of their connections to the ocean. Over the past 12 years, the Two Bays project has evolved to address this awareness issue and to develop and encourage deeper collaboration and knowledge sharing. A second theme of this chapter relates to the sailing vessel so critical to the Two Bays project and briefly details the ways in which a small group of dedicated individuals forged a shared vision, followed through on that vision and maintained it for 20 years. The subject of that vision is a 63-foot-long catamaran called Pelican 1. This ocean-going vessel was designed and built as a platform for marine science, community engagement and education. Having sailed 70,000 nautical miles on journeys of discovery, Pelican 1 has been an effective advocate for marine environmental awareness, social justice and sustainable use of the ocean.
KeywordsField trips Classroom-based program Ocean literacy Elementary schools Place-based education Professional development
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