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MEDIA RELEASE: Scientists, divers, surfers and fishers unite in call for protection of Tasmanian oceans in Wynyard film night

Almost 100 members of the NW Tasmania public joined scientists, divers, surfers and fishers last night for an oceans film night in Wynyard. The films celebrate our unique coastal backyard and shines a spotlight on the threats they currently face, including from seismic blasting and marine heatwaves.

The large crowd gathered at the Watershed in Wynyard to watch Reviving Giants by Great Southern Reef Foundation about reviving giant kelp forests, and Southern Blast, by Surfrider Foundation about the impacts of seismic blasting. A panel discussion with questions from the audience ensued with local fisher Craig Garland and marine scientist Ethan Turner from Surfrider Foundation.

The attendees cheered to rallying cries to 'Rise up for Tasmania's oceans' in demanding change from our state and federal governments.

"Last night's incredible turn out in Wynyard shows there is a huge amount of concern for our ocean environment and an appetite for change from our state and federal governments. The federal South East marine park Network review is a great opportunity to upgrade our offshore marine parks and lock out seismic blasting." says organiser and Environment Tasmania's Marine Campaigner Rebecca Howarth.

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