Marny moves on from Seabird Rescue

MARNY Bonner, co-founder of Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR), has resigned from her three-year role as ASR president and senior trainer and is moving on to other interests.

"After 19 years it's time for ASR to make its own way in the world," Marny said.

Marny co-founded the organisation with her former partner, Lance Ferris, in 1993 after they recognised that the problem of pelicans and other coastal birds getting injured by fishing hooks and line was far more widespread than just around Ballina.

They conducted workshops right around Australia, resulting in other organisations forming to work in similar ways to ASR in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

Lance and Marny were instrumental in persuading the NSW Government to amend the State's litter laws in November 2000 to prohibit the mass release of helium balloons, a significant source of ocean pollution.

Lance, who was fondly known throughout the North Coast as "The Pelican Man", passed away in October 2007.

They were jointly recognised for their outstanding contribution to wildlife rescue by being awarded the prestigious International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Action Award in 2009.

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