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Here you will find links to news articles and television programs that have featured Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters and Sea Shelter.

Port Stephens Examiner environmental citizen

PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 ANNUAL AWARDS

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

Know someone in the community who deserves recognition? Nominate them in the 2021 Port Stephens Annual Awards.

Port Stephens Examiner

Port Stephens Examiner Turtle ReleaseSEA SHELTER GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASE IN NELSON BAY A HIGHLIGHT IN OTHERWISE ‘CONCERNING’ TREND OF DEATHS IN PORT STEPHENS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Port Stephens Examiner

TOURIST NUMBERS PLUMMET IN PORT STEPHENS THANKS TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

July 3, 2021

Ryan and Lia Pereira say patronage of their Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters is down up to 90 per cent.

ABC Newcastle

News of the area Port StephensENVIRONMENTAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL

June, 2021

Lia and Ryan were awarded on Australia Day 2021 and also nominated for the NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year.
Read about them here and here in the Port Stephens Examiner, Sydney Morning Herald, and News of the Area

SEA SHELTER VOLUNTEERS REMOVE 9KM OF FISHING LINE & 2443 PIECES OF RUBBISH

May 26, 2021

Twice a year volunteers gather at Nelson Bay don gloves, grab garbage bags and scour the break walls for rubbish that would otherwise end up in the Bay.

News of the Area

GABBI THE TURTLE RELEASED AT FLY POINT MARINE SANCTUARY

May 25, 2021

For workers in animal rehabilitation there is no more magical moment than when a creature in your care is returned to the wild.

News of the Area

Women in business articlePORT STEPHENS WOMEN IN BUSINESS SUPPORTING EACH OTHER

March 10, 2021

The group held a meeting at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters with 40 local businesswomen in attendance.

News of the Area

SAVING LOCAL TURTLESSAVING PORT STEPHEN’S ENDANGERED TURTLES

March 8, 2021

Sea Shelter, working with Taronga Zoo and other wildlife organisations helps to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles.

News of the Area

ENDLESS HOLIDAY WITH SUNRISE PORT STEPHENS

January 27, 2021

The team from Sydney Weekender visited Port Stephens and included a visit to Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Sydney Weekender

Turtles under threatTHE EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON LOCAL SPECIES

January 5, 2021

Lia talks about how the ocean plays a role in climate change by removing carbon dioxide in large amounts.

News of the Area

ALLY THE GREEN SEA TURTLE SWIMS FREE AFTER  SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION

November 2, 2020

Sea Shelter are now off and running with the release of their very first rehabilitated sea turtle here in Port Stephens.

News of the Area

sea turtle releaseSEA SHELTER & IRUKANDJI TURNING BAY INTO A BRIDGE FOR MARINE ANIMAL CARE

October 28, 2020

Sea Shelter celebrating after the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of a green sea turtle, all in Port Stephens.

Port Stephens Examiner

Hunter HunterEXPERIENCE A SHARK AND RAY ENCOUNTER NOW AT ANNA BAY

October 28, 2020

HUNTERhunter talks about the new facility and all the new and old experiences you can have there.

HUNTERhunter

PORT STEPHENS HOLIDAY GUIDE SPRING: READY TO HOST SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

September 24, 2020

The Port Stephens Holiday Guide featuring the new facility at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Port Stephens Examiner

COMMERCIAL FISHING DEADLY BYCATCH

September 22, 2020

Ryan talks about the result of a bycatch found on Jimmys Beach and Sea Shelter efforts to rescue the surviving animals

News of the Area

VOLUNTEERS SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IN A HUGE BYCATCH

September 18, 2020

Sea Shelter volunteers spent 7 hours searching for survivors in a huge bycatch found on Jimmys Beach.

Watch the video here:
NBN News

TURTLE RESCUED BY SEA SHELTER NOW IN CARE AT IRUKANDJI

September 16, 2020

Local vets have volunteered their time and expertise to assist the sea turtle who has an injured flipper.

News of the Area

ULTIMATE PORT STEPHENS AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDE | Weekend Getaway Trip from Sydney

August 23, 2020

YouTubers visit Port Stephens and show all the fun things to do including Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Nick and Helmi YouTube

IRUKANDJI CELEBRATES OPENING ON SHARK AWARENESS DAY

July 20, 2020

Shark Awareness Day 2020 brings wonderful news that Irukandji is re-opening in a brand new location.

News of the Area

IRUKANDJI SHARK AND RAY ENCOUNTERS BACK IN BUSINESS

July 19, 2020

Feature on NBN about the re-opening of the brand new facility at Anna Bay after Covid restrictions.

NBN News

newcastle herald article

END OF CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN IN SIGHT FOR PORT STEPHENS SHARK CENTRE

May 29, 2020

With the grand opening interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Irukandji will soon be back up and running.

Newcastle Herald

HARD WORK PAYING OFF FOR RYAN & LIA OF SEA SHELTER AND IRUKANDJI SHARK AND RAY ENCOUNTERS

May 4, 2020

Hunter Hero segment on Ryan and Lia’s conservation efforts

Newcastle Herald

IRUKANDJI SHARK & RAY ENCOUNTERS ENDURING THROUGH PANDEMIC

April 26, 2020

The new Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters was due to open earlier this month, but it’s now playing the waiting game, and finding unique ways to stay afloat.

NBN News

Newcastle Weekly ArticleFIGHT TO KEEP SERVICE SWIMMING

April 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters to close and enter survival mode with more than 250 animals to care for.

Newcastle Weekly

Adventure All Stars feature

ADVENTURE ALL STARS VISIT IRUKANDJI

April 6, 2020

Adventure All Stars got to feed and interact with some stunning marine life at the Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters while filming in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

Adventure All Stars

CORONAVIRUS: IRUKANDJI SHARK & RAY ENCOUNTERS APPEALS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

March 30, 2020

Due to open on April 1st, Covid-19 has forced Irukandji to postpone, leaving owners financially strapped.

Port Stephens Examiner

News of the AreaIRUKANDJI DESPERATE APPEAL TO HELP FEED ENDANGERED MARINE ANIMALS

March 30, 2020

While many businesses are being put into hibernation, due to COVID-19 Irukandji Shark and Ray Centre is facing a devastating situation.

News of the Area

Sea Shelter Comedy NightPORT STEPHENS CONSERVATION GROUP SEA SHELTER PRESENTING NIGHT OF COMEDY

February 20, 2020

Environmental conservation is no joking matter but a Port Stephens group dedicated to protecting and preserving oceans and marine life are using the power of laughter to fund its work.

Port Stephens Examiner

News of the Area articleANNA BAY TO GET PURPOSE BUILD MARINE LIFE HOSPITAL AT NEW IRUKANDJI SITE

September 24, 2019

The move or Irukandji to the new site will see the creation of a marine hospital

News of the Area

MARINE PARKS ASSOCIATION NEXT COMMUNITY TALK TO FOCUS ON ECO IDEAS

August 9, 2019

Lia will be speaking about caring for the oceans and reducing humanity’s footprint at the next Sea Stories event.

Port Stephens Examiner

Irukandjis new site articleIRUKANDJI SET TO MOVE FROM BOBS FARM TO FORMER ANNA BAY OVAL SITE

July 18, 2019

As part of a 10-year strategy to build a world class aquarium, owners have agreed to purchase 3.5-hectare block from local council.

Port Stephens Examiner

world ocean dayWORLD OCEAN DAY AT FINGAL BAY

June 19, 2019

It was a hands up success for the first Fingal Forage where event participants scavenged for trash around Fingal Bay in a #togetherwecan event.

News of the Area

Port Stephens ExaminerSEA SHELTER LEAD SECOND CLEAN UP OF BOBS FARM MANGROVES, NOW LOOKING TO FINGAL FORAGE FOR WORLD OCEANS DAY

May 29, 2019

Sea Shelter, along with other local businesses, will host an event in Fingal Bay on June 8 to mark World Oceans Day.

Port Stephens Examiner

SEA SHELTER AND THE COMMUNITY TURNS OUT TO CLEAN UP MARSH ROAD MANGROVES

May 30, 2019

The volunteer clean-up of the Mangroves at Marsh Road in Bob’s Farm is just one example of people turning out to do the right thing.

News of the Area

SEA SHELTER’S NARSH ROAD MANGROVE CLEAN-UP

April 24, 2019

After a successful clean-up of the mangroves on Marsh Road, Sea Shelter is donning their gum boots, and gloves once again.

News of the Area

SEA SHELTER CLEANS UP BREAK-WALL AND MARINA AT NELSON BAY

November 27, 2018

In a second clean up this year Sea Shelter volunteers picked through the rocks on the Nelson Bay breakwall and dove the marina collecting a massive amount of rubbish.

News of the Area

WHITE RIBBON WALK CLEANS UP BIRUBI BEACH WITH SEA SHELTER AND THE PORT STEPHENS PRO

November 14, 2018

Almost 100 people gathered at Birubi Beach to kick off the Port Stephens Toyota Pro surf competition and to participate in a White Ribbon Awareness Walk and Beach Clean Up.

News of the Area

NBN News FeatureHUNTER SHARK SANCTUARY CHANGING ATTITUDES

July 28, 2018

A Port Stephens tourist attraction is using education to attack misconceptions about sharks.

NBN News

SEA SHELTER CLEANED UP MANGROVES AT BOBS FARM, PORT STEPHENS

June 27, 2018

61 helpers turned up to improve the condition of a 3.5km stretch of mangroves removing nearly 3 tonnes of rubbish.

News of the Area

SHARKS AND RAYS – CRITTACAM

February 4, 2018

Pete explores the perils of the ocean and learns so much about ocean conservation at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters.

CrittaCam

SEA SHELTER VOLUNTEERS PULL 2867 PIECES OF RUBBISH FROM NELSON BAY BREAK-WALL

December 8, 2017

Six divers and nine members of the Port Stephens-based Sea Shelter organisation collected 2867 pieces of rubbish from the water inside the breakwall and along the wall itself.

Port Stephens Examiner

SEA SHELTER A NEW MARINE CONSERVATION ENTITY FOR PORT STEPHENS & HUNTER REGIONS

October 6, 2017

Sea Shelter is a new Port Stephens Not-For-Profit, dedicated to local marine conservation, founded by Ryan and Lia Pereira.

News of the Area

IRUKANDJI SHARK AND RAY ENCOUNTERS SAVES BAMBOO SHARK PUP FROM DEATH

January 18, 2017

A shark pup, destined to die, has been nursed into the world, inside an artificial egg.

Port Stephens Examiner

GET UP CLOSE TO OCEAN LIFE AT IRUKANDJI SHARK AND RAY ENCOUNTERS

Kids and adults can experience ocean life in a hands on and exciting way.

Newy with Kids

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