You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Sea Search gets underway at Merri Marine Sanctuary

News

Sea Search restarts at Merri Marine Sanctuary

Sea Search restarts at Merri Marine Sanctuary

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Sea Search gets underway at Merri Marine Sanctuary

Wednesday 19 February, 2014

On a Friday morning earlier this month, the intertidal platforms of Pickering Point, part of Warrnambool’s unique Merri Marine Sanctuary, came alive with the start of a new era for the Sea Search program.  Parks Victoria rangers and members of the Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary braved a crisp south westerly to re-launch this citizen science program.

Sea Search is a Parks Victoria program that encourages people to get involved and participate in marine data collection and surveillance in Marine Protected Areas such as national parks and sanctuaries. The program offers a range of opportunities for volunteers with varying interests and skill levels.

Parks Victoria ranger James Cordwell says the program highlights the importance of volunteers in modern day society. “At the Sea Search day we had a group of passionate locals who all love their local marine sanctuary. By committing their spare time to programs like Sea Search, they can ensure it’s a beautiful environment not only for themselves now, but for generations to come.  

The Sea Search program is based on community involvement, creating a sense of belonging, and reinforcing a sense of ownership. Together these things can achieve great outcomes.”

Sea Search volunteers spend time surveying, documenting and photographing the wide variety of aquatic life that is found on our marine doorstep, in an effort to improve our understanding of natural assets and processes. This also helps with early detection of change and identification of threats, such as invasive species.

Friends member Mel Wells was very impressed with the success of Sea Search. “It was fantastic to have five volunteers help re-launch Sea Search in the Merri Marine Sanctuary. As a group we’re now planning to carry on this monitoring program with the support of Parks Victoria and other community members.”

Ranger Hannah Moloney was also pleased with the support for the program.  “It was great to have the Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary, Parks Victoria and local people all working together to gain a better understanding of our marine environment. Everyone walked away with a really positive feeling that they had contributed to the management of their beautiful marine sanctuary.”

Sea Search runs regularly throughout the year. For more information about the program and future activities, visit the Get involved section on this website or go to the Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary Facebook Page.



Media enquiries

sally nowlan
0417391175

Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Geo-bands to track Red-necked Stints on global flights

Friday 24 June, 2016
Parks Victoria rangers and volunteers have helped band over 250 red-necked stint at Yallock Creek south of Pakenham with the…

Winter fun awaits at Mt Donna Buang this snow season

Friday 24 June, 2016
Snow season is just around the corner and with snow expected any day, Mount Donna Buang is almost ready for…

Experience serenity and the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens this winter.

Friday 24 June, 2016
Melbournians love our gardens in the Dandenong Ranges but many have never experienced their favourite garden during winter which is…

Rare Aboriginal Hearth Discovery on Point Nepean

Thursday 23 June, 2016
A rare find has been made on the Mornington Peninsula, in Point Nepean National Park, with the discovery of an…

Winter escapes in our parks

Tuesday 21 June, 2016
Remember, it is outdoors in nature where the magic really happens, even in winter. Whether you are surrounded by snow-capped…

Work begins to replace staircase at Sailors Falls

Tuesday 21 June, 2016
Works have begun this week to replace the staircase that links the picnic area and pump with the mineral springs…

View all media releases