Endangered Australian sea lions star in video launched for World Environment Day

Date posted: 05 June 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation 

A new educational video about endangered Australian sea lions was launched today to celebrate World Environment Day and encourage more people to engage with nature.

The video follows sea lions in South Australian waters with stunning underwater footage that reveals their unique foraging behaviour.

Viewers can watch the video - A line in the sand – on the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/FDUVfI7NqN4)

Also Monday, budding filmmakers at Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) will delight Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter and Education Minister Susan Close with their own short videos about Kangaroo Island’s marine environment.

Background

World Environment Day is an annual event for positive environmental action. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature,’ urging people to get outdoors and help protect and conserve our environment.

Over 80 per cent of Australian sea lions, an endangered species, live on and around South Australia’s coast and islands, including Kangaroo Island. Seal Bay is believed to have been home to Australian sea lions for thousands of years, and offers one of the country’s most exceptional nature-based experiences.

Seal Bay and several of South Australia’s marine parks and adjacent Commonwealth marine reserves help to protect the habitat and foraging areas of the sea lions.

A line in the sand was produced by DEWNR using National Geographic’s critter cam footage, in collaboration with South Australian Research and Development Institute and Parks Australia.

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

Australian sea lions are a major lure for visitors to Kangaroo Island and Seal Bay, and their presence here highlights the importance of ensuring our nature-based tourism experiences are sustainable, accessible and educational.

This educational video will help many visitors and particularly students understand Australian sea lions and why we need to continue our monitoring and education programs.

If this video inspires you to get into nature, there are many ways to immerse yourself in our marine environment and marine parks such as taking a sea lion tour or going whale watching.

I am hopeful that our great work in education, monitoring and compliance, along with South Australia’s marine parks network, will help to reverse the current decline in the Australian sea lion population.

Quotes attributable to Education Minister Susan Close

Children can play an important role in protecting the ocean and conserving marine life for the future if we teach them early about the importance of nature and conservation.

Giving children hands-on experiences with marine environments can make a lasting change to conserving our ocean.

It’s exciting that students at Kangaroo Island Community Education are learning about their Island’s marine environment and sharing the message through these videos, and I look forward to learning from them.

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