It's ten years since Cabbage Tree Bay became a no-take Aquatic Reserve.

Now Manly's prettiest cove delights swimmers, snorkellers, walkers and beach-goers of all ages, and shows just how good a Marine Sanctuary can be.

Last Saturday Manly Environment Centre and the local community celebrated the tenth birthday of this precious site. day at the bay

The festivities kicked off with a Smoking Ceremony and didgeridoo performance, before A Day At The Bay was officially opened by Manly Mayor Jean Hay.

The ocean sparkled in the sun as visitors enjoyed free guided snorkel tours and fun on stand-up boards.

There were marine environment stalls including Eco Divers,  the Aboriginal Heritage Office (AHO), the 'clean-up' group Two Hands Project, EarthWatch, Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), Manly Environment Centre, After Dark Tours and EcoTreasures. Guest artists set up their easels around Shelly Beach while kids had the chance to make a giant art work of their own.

Speakers included Manly State MP Mike Baird; Prof Bill Gladstone - marine biologist and UTS Environment School head; Dave Thomas from Eco Divers; Dr Belinda Curley from SIMS; Silke Stuckenbrock, 2012 Eco Award winner and co-founder of the Two Hands Project; and speakers from NSW Fisheries.

Bands on the sand - including Karen Smith and friends, Sophia Anastasia, Aaron Huston and Jay from  Swamp Donkeys and Neil Olhbach - provided the sound track to a perfect day.

Pictures: Main - Shelly Beach from the Cabbage Tree Bay walkway
First row - Welcome sign; Jess Relton of After Dark Tours; NSW Fisheries van; Protect the Blue Groper campaign
Second row - Silke Stuckenbrook of Two Hands; Sophia Anastasia; the Swamp Donkeys; musician Walangari Karntawarra 
Third row -  Guest Artist Mark Budd; Artists Steve Mann and Morgan Joyce; happy snorkellers
Fourth row - Earthwatch T;  Eco Diver Dave at the podium; stalls on the beach - AHO, Two hands, Eco Divers
Fifth row - Beautiful Shelly Beach; Uncle Max and the smoking ceremony; Prof Bill Gladstone; Entrance Banner to the bay

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