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.
29 Jun 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
Join a ranger to discover Wilsons Promontory National Park this winter. Adventure through forest tracks, along Tidal River and amongst boulders of the rocky shore. Help celebrate National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week by creating a stencil art banner. Discover the unique flora of the Prom and…
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 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.
7 Jul 2015 10:00am-3:00pm
Have you ever wondered what owls eat? Children dissect an owl pellet and find out exactly what their barn owl has been eating. A great session for young biologists! (All-weather activity). Session times: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Year 3 - 5) 1:00 – 3:00pm (Years 6 - 8)
8 Jul 2015 10:00am-12:00pm
Be a palaeontologist for the day! What can fossils show us about the diet of dinosaurs? Why did they have claws? Learn how modern animals teach us about the behaviour of prehistoric creatures and make your own fossil replica to take home. All weather activity.