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
07 Aug 2014
An endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll has been sighted in the Great Otway National Park for the first time in 24 years. Related to the Tasmanian Devil, and colloquially known as the ‘Tiger Quoll’, the animal was caught on a remote camera set up as part of an ongoing program by Parks…
31 Aug 2014 9:30am-10:20am
A superb loop walk that winds through woodland, wet heathland & along boardwalks. Along the way you will encounter a variety of flora including hakeas, wattles, tea-trees, mistletoe, swamp bush pea and button grass. This guided walk is run by Friends of Bunyip State Park.
1 Sep 2014 8:30am - 4 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…
2 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
3 Sep 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…