Reef Life Survey
The Reef Life Survey is an international community-based subtidal reef monitoring program. The aim of the program is to improve biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources.
Divers assess subtidal reef habitats using visual census methods. To ensure the data obtained is of a high standard, divers are well-trained in all aspects of the methods. The resulting data can be used to address both spatial and temporal research questions. Reef Life Survey has ensured that the data is freely available to the public, as well as managers, to promote broader community awareness of the status of Australia’s marine environment.
Reef Life Survey was initiated by researchers at the University of Tasmania with start-up funding provided by the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities program. Parks Victoria sits on the Reef Life Survey Advisory Committee and can use data obtained from surveys to inform management decisions.
To date, surveys have occurred in a variety of MPAs including:
- Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
- Point Hicks Marine National Park
- Cape Howe Marine National Park
- Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
- Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary
Data obtained from these sites can be compared with data obtained outside MPAs to provide valuable information on the effect of MPAs on the marine environment. The results from surveys around Australia have indicated the MPAs have more large fish and total fish biomass than nearby fished reference sites. The response of fish species richness varied between MPAs whilst invertebrate density and species richness were lower in MPAs.
12 Aug 2016
All things fishy are being celebrated in Warrnambool this weekend, with marine volunteers across the state gathering at Deakin University for the third Sharing the Love forum. Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary and Parks Victoria are hosting the event, which celebrates and supports community involvement in Victoria’s marine national parks…
17 Sep 2016 9:00am - 18 Sep 2016 4:00pm
The 10 Annual Kooyoora Wildflower Show is on September 17 and 18 at the Inglewood Eucalyptus Museum. Gates open at 9am each day and close at 4pm. $5 entry for adults with children U18 free. The event includes static wildflower displays, twice daily guided bus tours to Kooyoora State Park,…
19 Sep 2016 9:00am-10:30am
Brilliant Birds - PrimeSCI! activity for Prep - Year 2 students. Work in the field and identify our unique native birds. Record their numbers and find out if they are common or rare. Most importantly, understand their needs to survive and how they can be protected.
19 Sep 2016 9:00am-10:30am
PrimeSCI! activity for years 3-6. Become a palaeontologist for the day! What can fossils show us about the diet of dinosaurs? Why did they have claws? Lesson includes a tour of the Victorian Polar Dinosaur display in the Coolart Homestead.
19 Sep 2016 11:00am-12:30pm
PrimeSCI! will show you how to build a nest box for the birds of Coolart Wetlands & Homestead Reserve. Parents welcome to come along. Learn all about bird habitats and the need for nest boxes. All ages welcome!