A useful way to distinguish and manage the marine ecosystem is by marine habitats and the animals and plants typical of these areas. A marine habitat is a place where species are found together.
Habitats provide basic needs organisms require to survive:
- Energy or food sources
- Opportunities for reproduction.
While marine habitats may occur in different locations within a marine national park, marine sanctuary or along the coast, they often have similar species, values and are affected by similar threats.
As the name suggests, subtidal rocky reefs are composed of rocks (e.g. granite, limestone, basalt) which are always submerged, even at low tide. Found in
Rocky reefs that are exposed at low tide are great places to explore as there are many animals and several plants that can survive out
Brightly coloured and composed of a huge range of invertebrate species, sponge gardens are found growing on deep reefs (generally >20m) along the coast of
Seaweed forests are made up of a special group of large brown algae called kelps. These large plants attach themselves to solid structures such as
In sheltered bays and inlets like Western Port and Corner Inlet, and larger estuaries like the Yarra and Barwon Rivers, small trees called mangroves form
Mudflats are places without vegetation where low tides leave soft muddy sediments exposed to the air. They are important feeding areas for many birds and
Many animals and plants live in the open waters of Bass Strait or the Southern Ocean away from the shoreline. These areas are affected by
Sandy habitats are far from being deserts and have a surprising wealth of life. These areas are home to a range of tiny plants and
In the sheltered parts of many bays, inlets, and estuaries flowering plants called seagrasses establish extensive underwater meadows. Seagrasses are critical in the lifecycles of
25 Jan 2016
This summer, while visiting the spectacular Port Campbell region, say hello to seasonal ranger Natalie. Natalie is a qualified marine biologist with plenty of amazing facts and interesting stories to entertain the whole family. “I’m most looking forward to interacting with a wide range of park visitors and helping them…
1 Jul 2015 12:00am - 30 Jun 2016 12:00am
A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.
14 Feb 2016 10:00am-3:00pm
Workshops on companion planting, free grafting demonstrations will be happening all day - no booking required and the local CWA are coming on board to provide food and refreshments. Rotary members will be directing traffic via Gate 5 so you won't have so far to walk with your new trees.…
19 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016
Sly Rat Theatre Co. in conjunction with The Living Museum of the West and Maribyrnong Council presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sly Rat Theatre Co. is excited to announce that its first production for 2016 is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream! In association with The…
20 Feb 2016 3:30pm-8:30pm
The Nepean Conservation Group will hold their annual general meeting at Badcoe Hall, followed by a BYO picnic dinner at the Parade Ground. Guest speaker will be Bradley Fauteux, Parks Victoria Chief Executive Officer. Interested community members and children are welcome to attend. Parking available at the Quarantine Station Car…