Despite harsh circumstances, together we have achieved some historic wins.

You – the voice of our oceans – have secured the safety of countless marine animals this year. 

Their future is brighter thanks to you.

We’ve created a video highlighting some of the great wins you made possible in 2019.

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Here’s just a few of the wins you made possible.

  • At long last our whales won’t face harpoons this summer! After years of fighting, we finally won the battle against Japan’s lethal whaling program in our Southern Oceans.
  • We passed laws to save the Great Barrier Reef from water pollution! Our new water pollution laws in Queensland will boost coral health, helping our Reef ecosystem to be more resilient in the face of rising sea temperatures.
  • We inspired SA, QLD and the ACT to commit to banning dangerous plastics! The momentum for change is incredible, and it is all thanks to you.We’re going to save our wildlife from choking on plastic.

Watch the video to see more good news!

Every member of the AMCS crew has been blown away by the number of people rising up to save our oceans this year. Whether you sent emails, phoned MPs, donated money, or participated in rallies or events, all of our collective actions have made these wins possible. Thank you.

Your support is going to be crucial in the year ahead.

We are about to enter one of the most critical decades our oceans have ever faced. Australians are feeling the heat of the climate crisis right now. Our turtles, penguins and reef wildlife are on the front line. We must rise to the challenge of protecting them.

Yet despite the challenges we face, I know the future of Australia’s ocean wildlife is brighter thanks to you. 

Stay resolute. Together we truly do have the power to give healthy oceans full of life to our children and grandchildren.

Happy holidays from all of us at AMCS.

Darren Kindleysides
With all the crew at the Australian Marine Conservation Society

Woorim-Beach-Algae

Important information received from Dr Ben Diggles – Restore Pumicestone Passage.org. 

“Please find attached a news item on the algal blooms that have become evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches (including Woorim) over the past couple of days.  Some background on the usual causes of these blooms is provided to dispel myths that these phenomena are “natural” events and not caused by human influence.  The attached also includes a potential solution (constructed wetlands to filter and alleviate stormwater impacts)”.
Another solution, of course, is to cease using products on our gardens, etc. that will eventually contaminate and affect the health of our waterways.
from your BIEPA Management Committee
This photo was taken on Woorim Beach 6:30 am 01/11/19
Woorim-Beach-AlgaeAlgal Bloom on Woorim Beach
Download the Report…Bellara trichodesmium

Adelaide’s extreme heat kills thousands of chickens and bats

chickens peck at food in a bowl, next to white dog looking sad at the cameraPhoto: Chooks feed at an Adelaide farm which lost thousands of birds in the heat. (Supplied: Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs)

Temperatures have cooled across South Australia after a wave of extreme heat but the change has come too late for thousands of animals — including those at a chicken farm and a city bat colony.

Key points:

  • An Adelaide Hills chicken farm lost more than half its flock during the heat
  • Temperatures soared to 46.6C in Adelaide on Thursday
  • Thousands of bats dropped dead in Adelaide’s parklands

Last week the state endured three consecutive days of temperatures in the high 30s and high 40s, which proved too much for flying foxes in Adelaide’s parklands.

An Adelaide Hills chicken farm was also devastated by the extreme heat, losing more than half of its flock of 2,000 birds.

Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs owner Adam Oaten said despite all the measures taken to keep the birds cool, overnight temperatures were just too hot.

“It’s a very catastrophic blow to our business. We have customers that rely on us through retail and food outlets so we’ll just have to monitor our egg production now and see who we can supply to,” he said.

“To replace these girls will take approximately $15,000 but we are trying to do it in stages to get our numbers back up.”

On Thursday, Adelaide recorded a top of 46.6 degrees Celsius — topping the previous capital city record of 46.4C set in Melbourne in 2009.

More than 20 locations in South Australia hit record temperatures, with the mercury climbing to 49.5C in Port Augusta.

Chickens graze in a grassy field.Photo: The farm had 2,000 chickens but that has been cut by more than half. (Supplied: Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs)

Mr Oaten said it was not a pleasant task to bury so many chickens, and even his Maremma dog Tom seemed upset.

“We had a delivery of younger chooks only six weeks ago and they were just coming on the lay and unfortunately the heat affected them as well, so it wasn’t just older chooks,” he said.

“It brought a lot of tears. My partner was in the paddock crying. It wasn’t a nice time and I’m tearing up now.”

He said he did everything he could to keep the chickens cool.

“We sprayed the ground with water, we’ve got shade trees, their water is always covered to keep it cool,” Mr Oaten said.

“A chook, when she gets hot, will pant, so we use a special additive in their feed that allows them to process protein better and allows them to mitigate against hot conditions much better.

“These animals are more than just a means to an end for us. We love them and we’re trying to produce a great product, so it’s just devastating that it’s happened.”

Thousands of dead bats drop from trees

A dead bat lies on the ground.Photo: Many of the bats fell from the trees, unable to take the heat. (ABC News: Carl Saville)

Adelaide’s bat colony has flourished in recent years, but was devastated by the heat.

Fauna Rescue SA said while the number of dead bats was still being counted, at least 1,500 grey-headed flying foxes dropped from the trees in Adelaide’s Botanic Park, in the parklands and along the banks of the River Torrens.

The organisation’s flying fox coordinator Sue Westover said this was the largest number of dead bats she had seen.

“Two days of 40C, followed by a 46C day — we knew it wasn’t going to be good,” she said.

“We bought a lot of extra spraying equipment so that we could spray the low down ones in the heat to try and give them some fluids.

“By the end of the weekend, we’re probably looking at having lost between 2,000 and 3,000 bats.”

The Environment Department, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Zoo and Adelaide City Council are also helping to deal with the situation.

Ms Westover said about 100 orphan bats had been brought into care over the past few days.

“All of the deaths have been grey-headed flying foxes, which are actually classed as a vulnerable species now, so this is actually quite devastating,” she said.

“They disperse the seeds, and also pollen which creates new tree growth, new forest growth. Basically without the flying foxes helping to spread everything we won’t have trees.

“The highest number [of deaths] before we’ve had was around 600 bats a few years ago in the heatwave.”

Bats can carry lyssavirus. People have been urged to keep their distance from them and contact Fauna Rescue SA if they require assistance.