Marine Parks message wins award

Date: 09 July 2012

About 1600 people attending this year’s Adelaide Boat Show took the chance to meet the Marine Parks community engagement team, ask questions and take home information about how they can enjoy their local marine park.

The stall, held in conjunction with the Environment Protection Authority and Primary Industries and Regions SA, was one of the best attended at the show. It featured footage of underwater of marine life surveys, explanations of the technology used to map the ocean floor, a large research boat to climb aboard and detailed maps and information about how the South Australian Government proposes to manage the state’s 19 marine parks.

As a bonus to the huge attendance, the team took out the Best Interactive Display award at the show.

Marine Parks Project Coordinator (East) Phil Hollow said it was fantastic to win the award, with crowd numbers speaking for the success of the display.

“The numbers were really good, almost double last year’s attendance,” Mr Hollow said.

“The boat and research equipment played a big part in winning us the award, with about 350 people getting up on the boat to learn how the tech team collects data.”

The display demonstrated the work the Marine Parks team carries out, both on the water and in the office.