Professional surfer and artist, Felicity Palmateer (22, Margaret River, WA), has added her creative touch to Bondi Beach’s iconic boardwalk to help promote and celebrate World Oceans Day (Monday June 8). The 2015 World Ocean’s Day theme is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’, a theme that resonates strongly with Palmateer, who first started surfing at age six and sold her first painting at age 15.
“All life is supported by the sea, so it’s important we recognise this and celebrate World Oceans Day,” said Palmateer.
“Like most surfers, I’ve spent my life in the ocean and am constantly inspired by it and all its creatures, so I love having the chance to support MSC and draw awareness to such an important topic,” said Palmateer.
International sustainable seafood charity, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been working with Felicity to create the mural to help raise awareness and a connection between seafood choices and healthy oceans. The featured whale and turtle are large, two-to-three metre reproductions of original works by Palmateer who earlier this year held her first solo art exhibition in Paddington, NSW.
MSC spokeswoman, Charlotte Connell: “Australians love the ocean but we don’t always think about what happens underneath the waves. Particularly, when we’re not diving into the water as much during these colder months.”
“We all want to keep the oceans healthy and one really simple way we can do this to look for the MSC label next time you buy seafood. For example, choosing MSC certified NPF prawns means you’re supporting a fishing practice that has reduced its turtle by catch by 99%.” The MSC encourages everyone to visit the mural, snap a selfie and use the hashtag #ForTheSea – and you could win a shark dive hosted by Manly Sea Life Aquarium.
“Let us know in your post why you love the ocean and what to do to keep it healthy!” said Connell.
“We recommend looking for MSC certified sustainable seafood but there are lots of ways you can do your bit for the sea.”
Prints of the featured whale and turtle art are also available for sale here.