Harry Breidahl ( marine scientist) talking to educators on board Pelican1 Photo: Natalie Davey
The Two Bays project (now in its 9th year) has as many arms as our relatively recently introduced marine pest Asterias amurensis, commonly known as the Northern Pacific Seastar. Much of the 2014 program included knowledge-sharing about threats to our Two Bays- Port Phillip and Western Port - of which this seastar plays a starring role. Pictured here is Harry Breidahl talking to a group of educators wishing to increase their knowledge of marine education, taking part in a PD day on the first day of Two Bays 2014. In the foreground are a couple of Asterias waiting for dissection, as part of the Two Bays curriculum. The curriculum has been developed from the program itself and unites local knowledge (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) with the basic tenants of Ocean Literacy .
Parks Victoria has put out a good guide for identifying and understanding the Northern Pacific Seastar which is helpful for teachers, students and citizen scientists.