SeaWeek 2023

When: 4-12 March 2023 

The Theme is based on the Ocean Literacy Principle #1 : Planet Earth - The ocean (and its interconnected systems) is the defining feature of our planet.

SeaWeek is Australia’s major national public awareness campaign to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea. SeaWeek gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote educational issues of relevance to the marine environment.

Host an Event

SeaWeek events are organised and run by environmental and marine educators across the country. If you'd like to organise and run a SeaWeek event, competition or activity during SeaWeek, we'd love to promote it!

Email seaweek(at) and we'll add it here on the SeaWeek web page.


If you have something to promote through Facebook, please share it in the SeaWeek Australia Facebook page.

We also have our Australian Marine Education Network Facebook page so you can be part of the conversation all year round. It's the best place to stay updated.


View our SeaWeek Resources below where we showcase some of the resources created from past years.

What is Ocean Literacy?

Find out more about the Ocean Literacy Principles.

2022 SeaWeek Resources and Competitions

SeaWeek Poster
Download the Poster - coming soon

Word SEArch Competition
Download the SeaWeek Wordsearch for Early Primary or Upper Primary students. For your chance to win, send your completed Wordsearch to . The Early Primary winner will receive a stunning hand-weaved basket inspired by the colours of the Leafy Sea-Dragon. The Upper Primary winner will win a copy of Carmen Lemon-Scott's new book Ocean Warriors: The Rise of Robo-Shark. See Terms and Conditions for more information*.

Drawing Competition
Download the worksheet for our 2022 SeaWeek Drawing Competition. For your chance to win a copy of Carmen Lemon-Scott's new book Ocean Warriors: The Rise of Robo-Shark, send your completed Drawing Activity to by 13.03.2022. See Terms and Conditions for more information*.

Colouring-in Competition
Visit the Magnetic Island Ferries Facebook page during SeaWeek to find out more about their SeaWeek Colouring-in Competition.

SeaWeek Learning Circle - Tuesday 8th March, 4.00 NSW daylight saving time.
In this month's free Learning Circle, you'll learn about John Tonkin College's Black Bream Restocking program and STEM in Secondary Science. Register for the Learning Circle.

Special Access to the Australian Journal of Environmental Education for SeaWeek
Throughout March, we have four amazing marine education articles available for anyone to access. Access the journal.

*Terms and Conditions for SeaWeek Wordsearch and Drawing Activity Competitions
This competition is open until midnight (AWST) 13.03.2022. To enter, participants must complete either return a copy of their completed Wordsearch or Drawing Activity to Submissions will be judged by a panel of AAEE members. Winners will be notified by return email by 31.03.2022. This competition is delivered by AAEE and is not affiliated with Facebook/Meta, Instagram or Twitter in any way.

Find out More

To learn more about the Ocean Literacy principles, visit Oceans IQ and Ocean Literacy in Australasia.

Visit the Marine Stewardship Council's website

Visit the SeaWeek Australia Facebook page to stay in touch with our national events.

Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter.

Read our 2021 ozEEnews stories

Vist the Ocean Literacy for All website

About SeaWeek

Australia is a marine nation. We have one of the largest ocean territories in the world, and it drives our climate and weather, generates employment, provides food and resources, and offers lifestyle and recreational opportunities (source CSIRO).

Between 1988 and 2014, 'Sea Week' was the Marine Education Society of Australasia's (MESA) major national public awareness campaign. With the recent closing of MESA, the co-ordination of the newly named 'SeaWeek' is now with AAEE and is the AAEE Marine Educators (AAEEME)  a Special Interest Group under the Australian Association for Environmental Education.

SeaWeek Resources

Ocean Literacy

Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. There are 7 principles of Ocean Literacy — ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean.

Login to the AAEE Members Area to watch our Learning Circle recording - Education with links to the Sea

Resources from previous SeaWeeks

The following resources were developed by passionate volunteers for the Marine Education Society of Australasia. We hope you and your students find the resources engaging and fun. 

The World Of Crabs

An entire unit of work on crabs! In includes a range of activities and games for students so you could choose to complete the unit or just use some of the activities and games as fillers or lessons. Many of the information and activities are web based and require Flash Plugin and an up to date web browser. The unit can be adapted for any age student, but probably best suited as is for Upper Primary.

The A To Z Of Australian Marine Life

A wonderful resource to have at your fingertips, this webpage has numerous applications for classroom teaching, particularly in Upper Primary and Middle Years Science. The associated link to “Using the A to Z in teaching” outlines a few ways to use the resource with students, including food chains and food webs, creating fact sheets, research tasks, literacy tasks and many more.

Life On Australian Seashores By Keith Davey

Although dated, this website gives teachers and students a detailed overview of Australian Seashores. It includes pages on Rocky Shores, Tides and Intertidal Zonation, as well as Environmental and Biological Factors affecting Australian Seashores. This is a useful resource for Middle or Senior High School Science or Geography Students looking at factors affecting biodiversity, ecology, taxonomy and coastal geomorphology. The premise of the website is for students to understand the zonation across rocky shores. As the name suggests, all information and examples are Australian. The website includes a WebQuest and questions for students as well as a list of research questions and information for exploring Australian Seashores.

Ocean Culture – People And The Sea (Seaweek 2001)

The activities listed on this page are fun and still relevant to current topics within the Curriculum. Activities are aimed mostly towards Upper Primary Students and include:

  • Design your own Marine Park, where students learn about the purpose, planning and zoning within marine parks;
  • Ocean Culture Activities, which are creative and engaging activities to run in class such as Create and Underwater City and Theatre of the Sea; and
  • Be a Marine Conservation Scientist for a Day, where students gain an understanding of how Conservationists manage the relationship between people and the sea. This activity can easily be updated to engage students with current technologies. For example, students create an iMovie documentary on a day in the life of a Marine Conservation Scientist.

Sharks And Sustainability

This 61 page document includes information and activities for a wide range of topics involving sharks. Year levels of students for these activities range, with each activity clearly marked with targeted year levels. Topics include:

  1. Sharks in time (evolution)
  2. Tuning in on sharks
  3. Cultural shark (Indigenous perspectives)
  4. Stormwater – an issue for sharks
  5. Researching sharks
  6. Biology of sharks
  7. Shark art
  8. Great debate
  9. Why sharks are important

Appendix – FAQs, Fact Sheets

Oceans Of Life – Ours To Explore; Ours To Restore

There is a huge amount of information on the world’s oceans on this site. This could be adapted for something as simple as asking Upper Primary students to research the five oceans on Earth, right up to Senior High School Students learning about oceanography, ocean governance, bathymetry and the vertical zonation of oceans. There are also a number of teaching units for Years 1 to 9.

Marine Bycatch Matters (Seaweek 2007)

The resources created under this topic are immense and so useful! There are complete online teaching units downloadable as PDFs for Prep to Year 3, Years 4 to 7, Years 8 to 10 and Years 11 to 12. There are some really engaging information sheets which are also downloadable as PDFs. These have many applications for student research or even as stimulus material for writing tasks!