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Marine research

 Marine Research - Photo John Arnould

The marine research program provides information on natural values and threatening processes within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  The program addresses management challenges and applied management questions. It also aims to improve knowledge of MPAs. This knowledge will continue to enhance Parks Victoria’s capacity to implement evidence-based management of the MPAs.

Since the program was initiated in 2003, 21 marine research projects have been completed resulting in a considerable improvement in knowledge about marine national parks and sanctuaries. A further 21 research projects are underway, with a number close to completion.  The marine research program is ongoing and Parks Victoria will continue to develop new research projects with our research partners that align with our research priorities.

Projects are guided by the research themes outlined in the Research Partners Panel program and a Marine Research and Monitoring Strategy 2007-2012. Much of the research has been undertaken as part of the RPP program involving collaboration with various research institutions and includes projects listed below.

Habitat mapping

Mapping of marine habitats is essential for understanding and communicating the distribution of natural values within marine national parks and sanctuaries. It is particularly important

Mapping Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Significance of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park (MNP) is the largest protected area in Victoria’s Marine National Park system and

Marine Pest Research

There have been hundreds of non-native species introduced into Australian coastal waters by human activities. Generally these incursions occur from international shipping, so invasions tend

Understanding habitat-species relationships

To better understand the distribution and diversity of fish associated with the seafloor (demersal fish), collaborative research using Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) has

Risk assessment

When the network of marine national parks and sanctuaries were established in 2002, it was imperative to identify the threats to the ecological values of

Seal and seabird research

Wilsons Promontory is recognised as being an important transitional marine area between different habitat types. There are over 20 islands in this area which provide

Marine Natural Values Reports

Since declaration of Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries and release of the first Marine Natural Values Study in September 2003 there has been an

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Technical Series

Research Partners Summaries