Connecting with our seas this Seaweek 6-14 March 2021

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Celebrate our connection to the sea this Seaweek by joining a community snorkel day at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve this Saturday.

DOC encourages everyone to take simple actions to connect with our oceans and learn more about what is under the waves.

DOC Senior Ranger Community, Trudi Ngawhare, says people living on the East Coast are fortunate to have the ocean in their backyard, including a fully protected marine reserve.

“Being able to connect with our seas is easy as it is so accessible and beneficial to our well-being in these uncertain times of COVID-19.

“Our lives and well-being are intertwined with the health of the ocean and everything in it. It is crucial that we look after it”.

Whether you choose to join a beach clean-up, plant trees, listen to a lecture or learn a bit more about the amazing biodiversity, there is a way for everyone to get involved, she says.

A snorkel day will be held at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve on Saturday 13 March from 11 am to 3 pm with Experienced Marine Reserve (EMR) snorkel instructors to guide participants.

The marine reserve is a place where you can explore our unique coastal environment in its natural, untouched state and discover the biodiversity in this fully protected area. It is also a Toyota Kiwi Guardian adventure site where kids can learn about the reserve and earn a medal.

“Learning about the sea and marine life is one of the best actions we can take. The more we know, the better equipped we are to look after our marine environment now and into the future” says Trudi Ngawhare.

Seaweek runs from Saturday 6 March until Sunday 14 March and is hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) and supported by DOC.

More details of the snorkeling day