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27 Feb 2014

Melbourne Polytechnic aquaculture lecturer joins Sea Week panel.

Andrew Christie – Lecturer in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Agriculture & Technology (Aquaculture Program) – will be a guest panellist at the Melbourne Aquarium during this year’s Sea Week.

Andrew will be joining fellow panellists in a free forum discussing issues and questions around Sea Week’s key theme ... ‘Sustainable Seas’.

He’ll be joined by fellow panellists including Dr John Ford from the University of Melbourne, representatives from Ocean Watch, a chef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and other organisations.

Sea Week is the Marine Education Society of Australasia’s (MESA) major national public awareness campaign. It is conducted annually to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea.

Andrew says, “My involvement on the panel for the MESA Sea Week will be chiefly as a representative of the aquaculture and environmental management sectors and the education and training provision that forms part of those industries.

“I will be talking about a few things such as aquaculture’s role as part of the solution to overfishing and overexploited fish stocks and why Australians should eat more seafood!

“I will also be discussing some of the sustainability issues surrounding aquaculture such as the production of fishmeal, problems with marine sea cage farming and issues such as power consumption, production goals, and animal ethics. I’ll be exploring the question of whether or not aquaculture is environmentally friendly.”

By building Sea Week around a theme, MESA provides a focus for students in schools and for communities to inform and inspire them about the diversity of our marine and coastal environments and how, through good management and individual action, we can all contribute towards the sustainability of these environments.

National Sea Week 2014 runs from March 1 to 9. Visit for more information.

Join the Q and A online

The panel will also participate in a Q and A with the audience but you can post your pre-event question for the Sea Week panel on Twitter at #MESAFISH and on the MESA website at .

What: Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Aquaculture Program) lecturer, Andrew Christie, joins the MESA panel to discuss ‘Sustainable Seas’ as part of the MESA National Sea Week. Followed by audience Q and A with panel.

Where: Melbourne Aquarium

When: Wednesday March 5, 6pm – 8pm.

Registration:  Only 100 spaces available so pre-registration is encouraged by submitting your details online at: 

Cost: Free. Donations welcome and will go to the Sea Life Conservation Fund and the MESA Invasive Species Project

More information on the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Aquaculture Program)

Contact: Andrew Christie on 03 9269 1693.

See a Report of this event by John Englart: Inside the fishbowl: Sustainable Seas, aquaculture and food security

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Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting new educational provider offering vocationally orientated certificates, diplomas and degrees including selected higher education programs, such as the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, in conjunction with La Trobe University. Melbourne Polytechnic operates under its parent institute – Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

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