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Science Behind the Headlines: Marine Parks and ‘No-Take’ Zones

Science Behind the Headlines: Marine Parks and ‘No-Take’ Zones
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Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm - CST
Location: The Science Exchange (55 Exchange Place Adelaide SA)
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November edition of Science Behind the Headlines looked at the issues of marine parks and ‘no-take’ zones as proposed earlier in 2012 by the federal government.

Both sides of politics claim the science is on their side but under the politics the science appears one-sided and in favour of marine parks.

Just what is the science underpinning marine parks and are we being duped by the media into a false debate? Is the campaign opposing the ban to recreational fishing scientifically justifiable or just PR? Has the focus of the content switched from the science to politics and emotion?

RiAus Director and moderator Paul Willis  on the night  discussed marine parks with media representatives and experts: Joseph Milton – Media Officer at the Australian Science Media Centre, Tory Shepherd – Writer/Editor at, Peter Fairweather – Professor Marine Ecology, Flinders University,David Williamson – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies.

Our expert panel will consider various media articles including:

The Conversation: Good news for fishing industry: marine reserves make more fish(16 November 2012)

VIDEO: ABC News – Burke unveils marine reserve network (16 November 2012)

Fish of Fury: Marine parks based on ‘dodgy science'(16 November 2012)

AdelaideNow: Experts challenged over South Australian marine parks at public forum (12 November 2012)

The Conversation: Our new marine parks: the unanswered questions (17 August 2012)

ABC News: Marine park action group fights for no-take zone changes (31 July 2012)

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Teacher Resources

Marine ParksTo accompany some events RiAus produces teacher resources that enable teachers to use this material in the classroom. Please find the links below to resources relevant to this event and click here for a list of all Science Behind the Headlines teacher Resources

Click here for the Critical Literacy & The Media pack
Click here for the Reasoning Skills Checklist
Click here for the ‘SBTH: Marine Parks’ Teacher Resource pack

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This project is supported by the Inspiring Australia Initiative and Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

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