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.
28 Sep 2017
A $500,000 upgrade of Sandringham breakwater this week will structurally improve the existing rock revetment wall to better withstand future storm events.The breakwater plays a crucial role in protecting the Sandringham harbour from southwest wind and swell coming off Port Phillip.It is estimated about 60 to 80 truck and trailer…
15 Sep 2017 8:00pm - 31 Oct 2017 9:30pm
This play is set in the 19 century and based on the true story of the Chirnside family. Brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside came out from Scotland to Australia in 1839. Told by two fictitious characters, Maggie, the head maid and Mr Duncan the butler, you will be transported to…
7 Oct 2017 8:00pm - 31 Oct 2017 9:30pm
An enthralling night as you journey through the rustic old farm at Werribee Park. Filled with history and comedy and plenty of scares as the evil creature Black Anny haunts the farm.
13 Oct 2017 8:00pm - 28 Oct 2017 9:30pm
An exciting roaming play performed in the Werribee Park Mansion that combines history, scary elements and loads of comedy.
18 Nov 2017 4:00pm-9:00pm
The inaugural festival will bring together keen runners for an undulating 10km or half marathon. A mixed trail event offering road, gravel tracks, sand and steps combined with stunning twilight views of the national park and surrounding waters.