Parliament House in Canberra was ‘buzzing’ with our Daniel Pauly tour last week, in the words of one senior government MP. In just two days, more than 80 Members of Parliament were briefed by world-renowned fisheries scientist Dr Pauly on the true state of Australia’s fisheries – both through our well-attended Breakfast Briefing, and through back-to-back individual meetings.
This is entirely thanks to our supporters around the country whose voices were extremely powerful in encouraging MPs to attend. As a result of the many thousands of emails sent, every single federal MP was aware of Dr Pauly’s visit, his important message about the risk to Australia’s oceans, and the strong interest in their local electorate.
Australia is at a crossroads and Dr Pauly’s message to Australia was clear: the health of our oceans will rapidly decline if supertrawlers stay and our sanctuaries are lost. You can watch Dr Pauly’s TEDx talk at Sydney Opera House last week here: http://tedxsydney.com/LIVE/?s=138#&panel1-2
Following our whirlwind Parliament tour, Dr Pauly and I headed to Sydney for the final screening of the hugely popular Sea & Me documentary, which has toured 15 Australian cities and towns this year, celebrating our sanctuaries and ocean caretakers. If you missed the Sea & Me, you can watch it at http://saveourmarinelife.org.au/theseaandme/
or, if you’re interested in organising a local community screening, contact the team to let us know.