The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands (ANZSPAC) Division holds its 39th Annual Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, November 16-18, 2007.
IMarEST President D. Wyn Williams, CB and IMarEST Executive Director Keith Read CBE joined Divisional Council representatives from all 12 Branches of the ANZSPAC Division at its 39th Meeting, held at the Copthorne Hotel, Auckland New Zealand from November 16-18, 2007. The meeting was chaired by ANZSPAC Divisional President Greg Hellessey (Canberra) who was assisted by Vice-President Len Michaels (Sydney). The meeting was facilitated by ANZSPAC Executive Director Norm Farmer. The meeting began with a visit to the Royal New Zealand Naval Base at Devonport, where Certificates of Accreditation were presented by IMarEST President D. Wyn Williams CB to Rear Admiral D.I. Ledson, Chief of Navy on board HMNZS Te Mana. The certificates were in recognition of RNZN Marine Engineer Officer (MEO) and Marine Technician (MT) initial professional development and training, which following a review process is recognised as meeting IMarEST requirements for professional registration and institute membership. The IMarEST visit to Devonport was hosted by Commander A. Hayes, RNZN, Director Marine Engineering (DME). On return from Devonport, the Council meeting continued for the next two days, when Branch and Divisional budgets and work plans for the coming year were approved. Reports from each of the 12 branches were given, and a number of ANZSPAC members will be honoured for 45 years service to the Division. A brainstorming session was held at the end of the meetings, focussed on strategies to expand the membership and raise the profile of IMarEST in the ANZSPAC Division. Social events included an evening dinner and cruise of Auckland Harbour, and an excellent closing banquet hosted by David Cory and family at their residence in Auckland. The 39th meeting was the last to be chaired by Greg Hellessey, who will be succeeded as President by Len Michaels. Robin South (North Queensland) was elected as the new Vice President. The meeting farewelled Norm Farmer, whose duties as Executive Director end in November; he will hand over to a new Executive Director to be appointed in early December.
Front row (l-r) Len Michaels (Vice President), Keith Read CBE (IMarEST CEO), Greg Hellesey (President), D. Wyn Williams CB (IMarEST President), John Garvey (South Australia - member of the Executive), Robin South (North Queensland – Vice President Elect). Back row (l-r): Graeme Vagg (Canberra), George Curan (Newcastle), Bill Heading (Queensland), Bruce Carr (South Island, NZ), Bandula Samarasinghe (Western Australia), Sri Ranasingha (Victoria/Tasmania), David Martin (Fiji), Norm Farmer (Executive Director, ANZSPAC Division), and Hugh Williams (Wellington).
IMarEST President D Wyn Williams CB presenting the IMarEST Certificate of Accreditation to the Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear Admiral D.I. Ledson, ONZM, Chief of Navy, on board HMNZS Te Mana.
Benthic marine algae of Apia, Samoa
The Benthic Marine Algae of the Samoan Archipelago, South Pacific, with Emphasis on the Apia District, was recently publisehd by Nova Hedwigia Beiheft. This richly illustrated book is the first comprehensive treatment of the benthic marine algae of the Samoan Archipelago, South Pacific. Included are 134 species and 83 genera of Rhodophyta, 23 species and 15 genera of Phaeophyceae, and 48 species and 25 genera of Chlorophyta. Taxonomic, nomenclatural and distributional appraisals of all species are presented, accompanied by an iconography of 796 digital images. Sixty-two of the records are additions to the Samoan flora, bringing the total number of species for the Samoan Archipelago to 360. Ninty-five percent of the flora consists of widely distributed species ( Western-central Pacific, Indo-Pacific , pan-tropical and cosmopolitan ), and there is a very low level of endemism (1.3%). The book will be essential reaching for all marine plant biologists in the Indo-Pacific and world-wide, and it is an important contribution to our understanding of the biodiversity and biogeography of tropical marine algae in general.
Sustainable Development Forum for the Pacific Islands
Pacific Islanders gathered in Townsville to strategise on how Australia and France can best assist the Pacific. The Forum provided a platform to discuss research, management and governance of coral reefs in the Pacific, with the key objectives being to improve networking, enhance scientific co-operation, build capacity and explore solutions to common problems. The Forum examined Pacific capacity and research and identified both key issues and best practice solutions under four key themes. (Read more )
Responsible Fishing in the Pacific Islands
Twenty-eight participants from 12 Pacific Island countries successfully completed a two-week course on responsible fisheries in the Pacific Islands region. The course which ran from July 9-20, 2007 focused on the implementation of post-UNCED international instruments. (Read more)
Schools Celebrate World Ocean Day (June 8)
Schools from the Townsville region gathered to celebrate the World Ocean Day on Friday, June 8 and to charter a Youth Ocean Declaration for the next International Ocean Institute’s Pacem in Maribus Conference . (Read more )
I to I Newsletter
The I to I Newsletter is a joint initiative between the International Ocean Institute-Japan and IOI (Australia). It is a bi-lingual newsletter reporting on environmental news from both countries. The aim of this initiative is to encourage closer collaboration between Australia-Japan and the Operational Centres of the International Ocean Institute. (Read Issue 1; Issue 2 ; Issue 3 )
Managing Marine Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands
A week-long marine invasive species training workshop was recently concluded in Samoa for nine Pacific Island countries. The training was aimed at empowering managers of marine conservation areas to address marine invasive species. (Read more )
Searching for Marine Aliens in the Apia Harbour, Samoa
IOI (Australia) teamed up with the Government of Samoa in the search for marine aliens at the main port of Apia recently. The search aims to find marine invertebrates and plants that may have been brought into Samoa by ships and other ocean-going vessels. (Read more )