Parks Victoria has an extensive monitoring program across the network of Marine Protected Areas as part of the Signs of Healthy Parks Program (SHP).
The SHP program ensures a systematic, robust and integrated approach to ecological monitoring across the parks network. The SHP program provides a stronger evidence base to better inform management decisions. Building on Parks Victoria’s Adaptive Management Framework, the SHP program monitors the health of the parks using a range of environmental indicators that provide information about the natural assets and ecological processes in the parks as well as effects of threats and other drivers.
Since 2002, numerous monitoring surveys have been implemented in 11 marine national parks and 11 marine sanctuaries. This work has been targeted at collecting baseline biological information that will be used to understand long-term changes in populations, abundances, community structures and ecological processes.
The monitoring program has been guided by a Marine Research and Monitoring Strategy 2007-2012 and Marine National Park and Marine Sanctuary Monitoring Plan 2007-2012 .
The monitoring programs that have been implemented are either commissioned projects, community based monitoring or in collaboration with researchers as part of the Research Partner Panel program.
Current monitoring projects include:
- Subtidal reef monitoring
- Intertidal reef monitoring
- The Sea Search program
- The Reef Life Survey
- The Under the Lens project
02 Mar 2015
A new boat ramp and picnic tables are just some of the upgrades completed last week at The Gulf in Barmah National Park north of Nathalia. Locals and visitors alike will welcome the upgrades, which also include improved access and parking areas, better protection of a large ring tree that…
30 Mar 2015 12:00am - 10 Apr 2015 12:00am
The holiday discovery program at Wilsons Promontory National Park offers an exciting array of activities for all ages exploring our marine and coastal environments. Become a bush detective, explore rock pools at low tide, decorate a take home reusable bag with stencils of native plants, look through binoculars at the…
30 Mar 2015 8:30am - 1 Apr 2015 6:00pm
Come join our Grampians Naturewise holiday experience in Victoria! You'll join park rangers to track and protect the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales. Go behind the scenes and enjoy the breathtaking landscape with local walks while assisting with endangered species monitoring. The Grampians National Park has recently captured footage of a rare…
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
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.
3 Apr 2015 9:30am-3:00pm
Children aged three to 12 can take part in one of the many egg hunts throughout the day, make Easter gifts at the Arts and Crafts tent and will be able to visit the carnival area complete with pony rides, face painting and sack races. The lovable Cadbury Easter Bunny…