In the second week back of term three we were joined by 11 students from Mackay State High School for the Mackay Marine Classroom. The students were the year 11 marine studies class, they were out to collect data for their scientific report they have to write later in the term.
It was an early start for the students on the Monday morning with us all meeting at 4:45am. It was going to be a long day with the first reef study being conducted at low tide that afternoon.
The weather forecast was looking fantastic for the three days and we were eager to get started. The students collected data associated with reef donation and the distribution and abundance of organisms within those zones. There were two low tides on the reef allocated for collecting data and the students worked well and got everything they needed from the sessions.
We also spent some time completing some weeding in the area. It was a very successful hour and a half with 180kg of weeds removed from Western Bay. There was some enjoyable down time as well, the students were exploring the bay and walked up to one of the dams looking for koalas.
The project was a huge success with everyone going home happy and having learnt about and connected with their local area. Without the organisation from their teacher Miles this would not have been possible so we thank him for his efforts. We are looking forward to our next two Mackay Marine Classroom trips.