Celebrating the sea with beach cleans and snorkeling

Events celebrating the ocean have gone just swimmingly in Taranaki this month.

More than 300 people flocked to beach clean ups, sea-themed book readings and even to snorkeling trails to help celebrate National Sea Week.

As a part of National Sea Week hundreds of youngsters, as well as the young at heart, have taken part in activities that help to renew their connections with the sea.

Elvisa Van Der Leden from Experiencing Marine Reserves, says the activities renewed people’s connections with the sea.

Taranaki’s events started with a community snorkeling workshop at Ngamotu Beach, and other Sea Week celebrations included a beach clean, a Project Hotspot workshop, and a very successful snorkel trail at Hawera Pool.

Many Taranaki schools also celebrated with their own beach cleans and a variety of other conservation related activities.

Van Der Leden says Experiencing Marine Reserves was blown away with the positive feedback about the events, especially the snorkel trail in Hawera.

She said throughout the rest of the year Experiencing Marine Reserves would work with Whanuakura School in Patea, Puketapu School, Mimi school and Highlands Intermediate.

The programme will see students research marine reserves, implement action projects to raise awareness about marine conservation.

They will also experience snorkeling in a marine reserve and outside a marine reserve to compare physical differences.