Thanks for attending Oceans Alive 2011

A huge thanks to everyone who attended the inaugural Oceans Alive 2011 Shark Awareness Fundraiser in the beautiful setting of the River Room at the Royal Perth Yacht Club in May.

More than 150 guests from a wide cross section of the community demonstrated their support – with a common theme in everyone’s comments: ‘a fantastic night – let’s do this again next year!’.

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The event generated great media response including coverage by ABC Radio (Russell Woolfe), The West Australian and a number of Community Newspapers.

The ambience and energy of the night was fantastic, with exciting live performances by WA artists Laliya and Elk Bell.

Each of the guest speakers shared captivating talks to highlight the Importance of raising conservation awareness for both whale sharks and the marine environment in which they live.

Lyn Beazley:       ‘Whale sharks are a precious and little understood part of our amazing oceans. It is great to see people via their generosity supporting more scientific research to understand and thus help protect these special creatures’

Brad Norman:    ‘It was great to see a real desire amongst members of the community to learn more about and ultimately help conserve our oceans and the species within’

Dennis Beros:    ‘ECOCEAN deserves the full support of the Perth community for its amazing and important work. I look forward to the 2012 Event!’

AUCTION

Items snapped up include: Rolex Submariner watch , John Butler guitar, Kelly Slater surfboard and an additional 40 items.

HOW MUCH DID WE RAISE?

The event was a great success with just under $30,000 raised.

All funds will be used for the purchase of desperately needed research equipment and supplies, including electronic data-logging and satellite tags (and deployment costs) to more effectively track whale shark movements at Ningaloo and beyond.  Public awareness for whale shark conservation is a major component of ECOCEAN’s work and education materials will also be produced and distributed as a result of the support raised at Oceans Alive 2011.

SUPPORTERS

There is a long list of supporters who came together to make this event such a success.  We are forever grateful to:

Auction sponsors

  • Rosendorff Jewellers
  • Rolex Australia
  • Novotel Ningaloo Resort
  • Sal Salis Wilderness Camp
  • Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
  • Christmas Island Tourism Authority
  • Kelly Slater
  • Steve Perry
  • John Butler
  • Luc Longley
  • Brian Eno
  • Jane Geerts
  • Danny Green
  • Kylie Porter
  • Leon Pericles
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • Jurgen Freund
  • Howie Cooke
  • Dave Rastovich
  • Roger Swainston
  • Tim Winton
  • Bob Brown
  • Roger Steene
  • John Stevens and Peter Last
  • Sylvia Earle
  • Enric Sala
  • David de Rothschild
  • National Geographic Society
  • Australian Geographic Society
  • DEC Landscope
  • Paddy Palin
  • Annie Hesford
  • Judi Moylan
  • PotShot Hotel Resort
  • Birds Eye View
  • Tabata Australia
  • Perth SCUBA
  • Mainpeak Australia
  • Rockingham Dolphin Adventures
  • Aquarium of Western Australia
  • Capricorn Kayak Adventures
  • Perth Wildcats
  • West Coast Eagles
  • Fremantle Dockers
  • The Framing House
  • Coral Bay Adventures
  • Exmouth Dive Centre
  • Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours
  • Ningaloo Blue Charters
  • Ningaloo Reef Dreaming
  • Ocean Eco Adventures
  • Ningaloo Whale Shark n Dive
  • Three Islands Marine Charters
  • After Hours Wines
  • Madfish Wines
  • Voyager Estate
  • Vans Sidewalk Café

Event sponsors

  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • Gun Marine
  • Hyatt / Royal Perth Yacht Club
  • National Geographic Television (Aust)

Food sponsor

  • MG Kailis

Music

  • Laliya
  • Elk Bell
  • Eyestorm Enterprises

Auctioneer

  • Roger Beevis


Graphic Design

  • Chris Hicks

Organising Team

  • Brad Norman
  • Jennifer Spark
  • Darcy Bradley
  • Justin Palmer &  Naomi Silver
  • Chris Baudia & Melanie Charles
  • Mark Norman,
  • Julie Anne & Adrian Muir

NEXT YEARS EVENT

 Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.

 Stay tuned for further details

YOU CAN STILL HELP NOW

ECOCEAN will continue to raise funds throughout the year to expand our research program.  There’s a lot to do, but we’re slowly solving some of the mysteries surrounding this unique species. Please take a look at our ‘wish list’ (below) to see if you or someone you know would like to support our work through an earmarked donation.

WISH LIST

  • research boat (=>7m)
  • field vehicle
  • fuel (research vehicle and boat)
  • sea container (for storage)
  • field supplies (food)
  • webmaster (or funds to employ)

 We look forward to your continued support at Oceans Alive 2012. Thanks to all.

brad@whaleshark.org

Ph. 0414 953 627

ECOCEAN Inc. is the WA-based not-for-profit group and driving force behind one of the world’s most remarkable science outreach endeavours – a ‘citizen science’ campaign using the internet to monitor, research and protect the mighty whale shark.

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Welcome to Oceans Alive!

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ABOUT OCEANS ALIVE

We would like to welcome you to ECOCEAN’s Shark Awareness Fundraiser ‘Oceans Alive’ at the Royal Perth Yacht Club on Saturday 21 May 2011.

Through the support of many business groups and community stakeholders in 2010, our not-for-profit conservation group ECOCEAN Inc. has been able to remain at forefront of whale shark research at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Crucially, our work has been successful in increasing the current knowledge of the species, its critical habitats and raising awareness for the conservation concerns facing the threatened whale shark on a global scale.

Given the widespread decline of many sharks, ECOCEAN Inc. aims to use the whale shark as a ‘flagship’ species to promote the conservation of all sharks and their importance in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem.

In support of ECOCEAN’s work, WA’s Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley will open the evening and endorse the upcoming program. A presentation will follow to outline the current state of play related to this vulnerable group of species and highlight the need for continued research and conservation. The event will serve as a ‘fundraiser’ to enable the Shark Research Program to move forward in 2011.

During the evening, we will conduct a ‘silent auction’ of several donated items relevant to the theme of the event. Many thanks to our generous sponsors – this important event simply wouldn’t be possible without their continued support and interest in our research and conservation efforts.

Proceeds from this event will support ECOCEAN’s work for the conservation of whale sharks and our stunning marine environment.  Some of the mysteries surrounding this threatened species need to be solved in order to ensure their long-term survival, including their migratory routes; their critical feeding and breeding habitats; and the impacts we humans are causing.

The ECOCEAN program can answer these questions – with your help.

Join us.

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