Advice on the sea and educational activities on the AME de Galisbay site

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Forty students from 4 classes of 6th (general course and SEGPA) and the relay class of the Mont des Accords college met on Thursday, January 24, 2019 for the 1st sea council of the Aire Marine Educative (AME) of the Galisbay coast.

This advice, led by the association Mon Ecole Ma Baleine (MEMB) with the support of the college's educational team, enabled the students to draw up an inventory of the Galisbay beach, to propose the objectives and actions that middle school students can implement in order to inform other students and the general public about the flora and fauna of the site and the means of preserving natural environments.

On Thursday, January 24, Julie Mellinger and Amandine Vaslet from the MEMB association carried out interventions in the classroom to educate students about cetaceans, the marine environment and the means to protect them. On Friday January 25, the 40 students of 6th and relay class went to the AME site to continue the diagnosis of this coastal area and to be made aware by Julie Mellinger on the implementation of the OSPAR protocol allowing collect and analyze the waste present along the AME beach. the pupils were also able to discover the principle of shooting by a drone thanks to the intervention of Vincent Oliva, responsible for educational activities of the Nature Reserve of St-Martin.

At the end of January, the students of the Mont des Accords college took part in a second outing to the site of the Galisbay marine educational area. Early in the morning, 36 6th grade students and the relay class, were tasked with going to the site of the marine educational area of ​​Galysbay along the coast in anticipation of the development of the Marine Educational Area located between the college sailing school and the mangrove. They thus participate in their first council of the sea during which, they wondered about the way to develop a better living together around the marine area. This area being a place of space shared by all.

Concretely, this year the pupils propose to carry out plantations, to create and to put up information panels on the site intended for the users and to design an eco-trash can in the shape of a basketball hoop and beach ashtrays. They will also have to watch over this collaborative and participative space shared between all users (walkers, bathers, fishermen) without forgetting of course the flora and fauna.

But first, we must think to prepare the place and our students for almost 4 hours will first analyze the beach. The groups are formed by to study the space of the beach, the mangrove. They will observe the flora and fauna, identify and list the too many wastes present in this space. They are starting to implement environmental actions by following the OSPAR protocol to collect plastic, glass and metal waste. They found over an area of ​​1000 m2 more than 800 cigarette butts, bottles and shards of glass, various plastic waste, ...

The operation is still crowned with success because everyone worked this morning for the environment of Saint-Martin and the teachers achieved their objective of ensuring the acquisition of new skills to become a responsible eco-citizen while offering a learning space surrounded by nature.

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