Protecting marine sanctuaries

With Special Guests Valerie Taylor AM and Professor David Booth

On Wednesday the 7th of June 2023, in conjunction with the Australian Marine Conservation Society, we had an event in celebration of World Ocean Day and our submission for Bongin Bongin Bay to become an Aquatic Reserve. Our keynote speaker was Valerie Taylor.

Speakers and Performers

  • Catherine Donnelley - Acknowledgement of Country
  • Matt James - Didgeridoo
  • Video - The Spirit of the Basin - Phil Sheppard
  • Shani and Peter Colledge performing 'Bongin Bongin Bay'
  • Greg Pride - Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay - Welcome
  • Danielle Ryan - Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Emily Rowland - Ocean Youth Ambassador - Ocean Youth
  • David Booth - Professor - School of Life Sciences - University of Technology Sydney
  • Video - Fish Rock Cave - Ron and Valerie Taylor
  • Valerie Taylor AM - Trailblazing Ocean Conservationist
  • Rory Amon - Member for Pittwater - NSW Parliament
  • Sarah-Jo Lobwein- Boat Harbour Marine Sanctuary

Video - Highlights from the Event

Here is a short video of the events of the night

Valerie Taylor AM

Valerie May Taylor AM is a conservationist, photographer and filmmaker, and an inaugural member of the diving hall-of-fame. With her husband Ron Taylor, she made documentaries about sharks, and filmed sequences for films including Jaws (1975). She is best known as being a pioneering scuba diver, filmmaker, photographer, author, painter and marine conservationist.

In 2010 Valerie Taylor was awarded an AM (Order of Australia) for service to conservation and the environment as an advocate for the protection and preservation of marine wildlife and habitats.

After a viewing of one of her, and her late husband, Ron's videos on Fish Rock Cave, Valerie Taylor spoke at length about the oceans and how they have degraded over the last 60 or so years that she has been diving. She said that "we need more Marine National Parks... no-take zones. Not just little ones but huge areas."

"Isn't it a tragedy that little tiny bay is the best diving for marine life in all of NSW"

Valerie Taylor
7th June 2023

(Commenting about Cabbage Tree Bay at Shelly Beach in Manly)

David Booth - Professor of Marine Ecology - UTS Sydney

Professor David Booth is a highly-cited marine researcher and a Professor of Marine Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 180 papers about reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries. He is also the Team Leader at the UTS Fish Ecology Lab.

David Booth spoke about the importance of Marine Parks and pointed out that less than 2% of the world oceans are currently protected. He made a specific point about the importance of small, no-take marine reserves similar to the one being proposed at Bongin Bongin Bay.

Images from the Evening

Special thanks to Ruby Lane in Manly for providing the wonderful food for the evening. It was very much appreciated.

With every encounter with nature we receive far more than we seek.

One 30cm fish releases the same number of eggs as 2,000 15cm fish!

180 million eggs

A 13.5cm crayfish will release double the no. of eggs as a 10cm one.

840,000 eggs

Number of square meters in the proposed
Bongin Bongin Bay Aquatic Reserve

451,800 m2

The no. of aquatic reserves in NSW is 12 incl. 5 on the Northern Beaches