Sea Shelter is a small group of real people carrying out ocean conservation in the Hunter Region NSW. Our mission is to educate and act on the following principal categories:
Research- Our current understanding about the blue planet is very restricted , we have barely scraped the surface, with new animals and processes being discovered every single day. Research no matter how large or small is of the utmost importance for the future of our planet. Some of the most common techniques of recording fish numbers is to just ask the fisherman how many they are catching, alternatively our program will contribute to the knowledge base of Elasmobranches age and growth characteristics to allow for the construction of age-based population models together with the consideration of other life history aspects and removal rates by fisheries.
Rehabilitation- Marine rehabilitation is very few and far between, with a small splattering of dedicated establishments up the coast. Sea Shelter aims to bridge the gap in the Hunter specifically for fish & invertebrates. We will focus on the social, economic and environmental aspects of Nelson Bay and provide information and innovative idea’s to maintain all marine life within our coastal catchment.
Rescue- Often when a fish is found in trouble it is already too late, as they are usually on their last legs when they are in view of humans. Sea Shelter aims to combat this by scouring the hot spots with our wooden Yacht, inspecting crab traps for Sea Turtles, Shark nets for sea life that are still alive and generally being dependable eyes in the local ocean.
Regeneration- Marine habitats are being lost at an alarming rate, whether it’s the mangroves, salt marshes, sea grass beds, giant sponge beds, soft corals or a tiny Sea Horse garden. Port Stephens and the Hunter is a known marine ecological hotspot in Australia and we are making it our mission to maintain, assist in attenuation programs or regenerate the habitats already lost.
Sea Shelter runs entirely off volunteers donating our time for the sake of the ocean, allowing all the profits to go straight to the Ocean.