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SYDNEY AQUARIUM CONSERVATION FUND WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR HARBOUR? Find out more about what marine conservation research is happening along your coast and the unique ways your organisation can get involved.


Sydney Aquarium Conservation Fund conserving our aquatic wildlife Sydney Aquarium Conservation Fund (SACF), with help from its key sponsor Village Roadshow, has launched into its role with a great splash. Established in 2005, SACF became a Registered Environmental Organisation in 2007, enabling tax deductibility to SACF donors. SACF’s predominant goal is to provide funding for research and education initiatives into endangered aquatic species and their habitats, as well as promoting awareness of conservation issues, particularly through Australia’s #1 tourist attraction – Sydney Aquarium. With over 1 million international and domestic visitors each year, Sydney Aquarium offers high exposure for disseminating key messages to the public, a critical component

of all conservation work. The magic of Sydney Harbour and its surrounds SACF is based at Sydney Aquarium in the Darling Harbour precinct of Sydney Harbour. Our proximity to the harbour has made it and the adjoining coastal areas a key focus for our research efforts. Sydney Harbour is one of the busiest working harbours in the world – yet there is still so much about it we don’t know, starting with what lives in it. Despite its intense human use, it still supports an incredible array of marine life. The cessation of commercial fishing in the harbour has brought back even more life. But despite its healthy appearance, many marine species found locally are in decline or threatened.


Our project partners Although only relatively new we have helped fund many projects from a range of tertiary institutions including University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), University of Newcastle, Macquarie University, and Southern Cross University.

We have also collaborated with government and other marine conservation organisations where similar goals have existed. As part of our education initiatives we have sponsored a post-graduate award with the Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) for marine conservation research.

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Some of SACF’s projects World first captive-bred shark release into the wild! As a world first, Sydney Aquarium tagged and released a total of 20 captive bred wobbegongs into Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Based on the success of the first release of 10 sharks, a second release followed. The tagged animals are being monitored by scientists from SIMS and Macquarie University, through receivers deployed by NSW I & I and the Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS). There are around 200 acoustic receivers deployed on the NSW coast monitoring the movements and migrations of many tagged animals. Once common in Sydney waters, wobbegongs have significantly declined in numbers as a result of over-fishing. Like other sharks, they are slow to reproduce and produce few offspring when they do, making them susceptible to over-exploitation. Re-stocking of captive bred wobbegongs could provide a way of boosting wild populations. Beware of ‘flake’ in your fish & chips. You’re eating shark and may well be eating our wobby friends.


Seahorses of Sydney Harbour – David Harasti, University of Newcastle Did you know that Sydney Harbour is home to several seahorse ‘cities’? If you have a snorkel around a seagrass bed or even a net enclosure, you’re likely to spot some of these magical little animals.

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Re-stocking the seahorses of Sydney Harbour Did you know that Sydney Harbour is home to several seahorse ‘cities’? If you have a snorkel around a seagrass bed or even a net enclosure, you’re likely to spot some of these magical little animals. Unfortunately, in addition to poaching, seahorse habitat is declining leaving our local populations at risk. With the help of seahorse scientist David Harasti, SACF has been releasing captive bred seahorses into the wild to boost wild populations. Information collected as part of this project, has assisted coastal councils with their protocols on managing beach enclosure nets, and as a result minimising impacts to resident seahorses. This project was in collaboration with David Harasti, University of Newcastle.


How you can get involved Adopt your own unique corporate mascot! Why don’t you sponsor an animal from one of our research projects as your corporate mascot? Proceeds from the sponsorship will contribute directly to the project associated with your animal. We participated in the tagging of juvenile Great White sharks, Wobbegong sharks, Eastern Blue Gropers, marine turtles, and seahorses in order to gain as much information as possible so as to be able to conserve and protect these species. Great Whites Wobbegongs Turtles Gropers Seahorses

$3000 $1000 $1000 $500 $100

As part of the package, we can organise for your company to meet the scientist to learn more about the project and how you’ve helped.

Adopt an animal @ Sydney Aquarium $50 Let your staff know how much you appreciate them by adopting a gorgeous animal from Sydney Aquarium for them. Proceeds go towards a range of marine projects for endangered aquatic species and their habitats. Go to www.sacf.org.au for your quick and easy online adoption.

SACF is a Registered Environmental Organisation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.


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Adopt your own Great White shark! Despite the bad wrap in the media the Great White along with many other shark species are seriously declining in the wild. This project aims to find out more about the elusive animals in order to better conserve them. Sponsorship includes: • 1 x satellite tag to give in depth information of the animal’s movements • Naming rights for your tagged shark • Framed image of your shark for your workplace • Access to satellite tracking information so you can see where your shark is

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Image: Andrew Fox


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Adopt your own marine turtle! Of the seven species of turtle found in Australia, 6 are listed as endangered. Human impacts are the predominant cause of these ancient animals’ decline. By learning as much as we can about the movements of these animals we can learn how better to conserve them. Sponsorship includes: • Contribution to satellite tag for your turtle • Naming rights for your turtle • Framed image of the turtle for your workplace • Regular updates of the whereabouts of your turtle

With your help we can continue supporting scientific and educational initiatives that help protect and conserve our aquatic wildlife.


‘Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean’.

Contact: SACF, c/o Sydney Aquarium, 1 – 5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, 2000 T: + 61 2 8251 7875 F: + 61 2 9262 2583 E: conservation@sacf.org.au W: www.sacf.org.au

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