EMR Otago is a satelite EMR programme region. We offer events such as Community Guided Snorkel Days and school programmes when funding and coordinator availability allows
We recently held a snorkel day at Aramoana
EMR Otago Goal
To raise awareness, understanding and support for marine conservation through provision of dynamic experiential environmental education opportunities.
Its objectives are:
- Build support for the establishment of marine reserves in the region
- Transfer information and understanding about marine conservation into the wider community
- Provide opportunities for communities to experience their marine environment
- Support the MPA forum process by engaging communities in hands on snorkel experiences at the proposed sites
- Motivate action projects within programme areas that enhance awareness of and provide greater understanding within local communities of the marine environment.
So far we have piloted the EMR programme with 1 school (Kings High) in 2015 thanks to the support from the Tindall Foundation and several other schools have been contacted via a presentation roadshow. We also piloted a Community Guided Snorkel Day in 2015 for Seaweek.
The summer and autumn of 2015/16 saw a consolidation of EMR activities in Otago. This year’s Community Guided Snorkel
Day was held at Karitane Peninsula, with a total of 27 snorkelers. Our big step forward for the 2015/16 season was the purchase of twenty sets of fins, booties, hoods, gloves and weight belts – all essential for enjoyment of the seas down here.
These complemented our existing wetsuits, masks and snorkels provided by EMR and supporters. Our new purchases were kindly funded by a grant of $4,181 from the Otago Community Trust - a gift which is greatly appreciated now and in years to come.