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
29 Sep 2014
A combined force of Parks Victoria, the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Nelson Coast-care, Conservation Volunteers Australia and some keen locals have run a river rubbish offensive with great results. The team cleaned up the river foreshore from the mouth of the Glenelg River to the Nelson township last month, and are…
1 Nov 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.
1 Nov 2014 12:30pm - 3 Nov 2014 4:30pm
Get to know Wilsons Promontory National Park with a Ranger on a Discovery walk or activity on Melbourne Cup Long Weekend from 1-3 November 2014. A range of activities are available including Junior Ranger activities for 6-12 year olds, StoryTime activities for pre-school age children and guided walks, presentations and…
3 Nov 2014 8:00am - 6 Nov 2014 5:00pm
Make a big difference at Little Desert! Learn about the endangered Mallefowl recovery program, support wildlife monitoring and encounter a range of native wildlife species held at the Little Desert Sanctuary including Suger Gliders, Bruh-tailed Bettongs and Bush-stone Curlews.
3 Nov 2014 8:30am - 6 Nov 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…