The Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre (BIEEC) see approximately 3,800 students each year through day visit programmes, residential programmes and community events. Of this figure it is estimated about 1,100 students would have had direct access, education and contribution within the BSL Caring for Clownfish programme.
Every student attending a residential camp programme assists in tank maintenance through cleaning, water top ups and water testing along with feeding. A new day visit programme called “Nemo Nurturers” aimed at Year 4 science Life Cycles was developed and a small number of students participated in this programme. In 2021 approximately 227 students are booked in to participate in this stand-alone day-visit programme learning all about caring for clownfish through reef sustainability (see the life of clownfish here).
The project was officially launched in December 2019, a community education and training event was held in June 2020 and the programme continues to progress well. BIEEC Principal, Michael Gabrielle provides an update of this exciting programme.