A disease is currently causing abalone deaths along Victoria’s southwest coast. Abalone are important grazing animals on rocky reef communities. Loss of abalone due to the virus may have serious ecological consequences. The disease has no known or likely impacts for human health.
You can make a difference and help minimise the spread of this disease by:
- Washing vessels, wetsuits, snorkelling/diving equipment and your hands in soapy fresh water
- Removing all marine organic matter from vessels and equipment
- Disposing of abalone shell and meat with your household waste and not using gut as fishing bait.
Abalone virus can easily spread to new areas by using equipment or vessels that have not been properly cleaned or disinfected, especially when coming from infected areas. These biosecurity measures are particularly important if you have been fishing or diving in southwest waters recently.
Further information about the abalone virus can be found on the Department of Primary Industries website.
10 May 2013
National Volunteer Week, which runs from 13-19 May 2013, is giving Parks Victoria the chance to say a special thank you to its many volunteer groups across the state. Mill Park Garden Club are a dedicated group of gardening enthusiasts who provide ongoing volunteer support towards maintaining and developing the Le …
11 May 2013 10:00am - 8 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an intensive introduction to Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Saturdays 11 May to 8 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
26 May 2013 9:00am-11:00am
Join the Friends of Glen Nayook for a working bee. Morning tea provided.
26 May 2013 10:00am - 23 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an Advanced course for Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Sundays 26 May - 23 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
Today, Berry Street students learnt about Parks Victoria’s involvement with emer...Today, Berry Street students learnt about Parks Victoria’s involvement with emergency management as part of River Connect Day at Shepparton Regional Park. The PV crew talked careers, fires and planned burning and demonstrated some of the various equipment used in land management. The students had a go too. Ranger Nev said "They all enjoyed it and I have not seen so much interaction from these students before". Berry Street is an organisation that supports Victorian children and families in need.View post | Tue, 21 May 2013 14.29
Got a fright this morning when we walked into the shed and went to grab the pitc...Got a fright this morning when we walked into the shed and went to grab the pitch fork in the dark (Ranger James, Werribee Park)View post | Mon, 20 May 2013 15.55
Come and see the beautiful late Autumn colour at Vaughan Springs in the Castlema...Come and see the beautiful late Autumn colour at Vaughan Springs in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Camp overnight, enjoy a picnic or take a stroll along the Loddon River.View post | Thu, 16 May 2013 09.20
The Southern Brown Bandicoot - becoming a more common sight at campgrounds in Ca...The Southern Brown Bandicoot - becoming a more common sight at campgrounds in Cape Conran due to the success of the ongoing Southern Ark fox control program run by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria over the past 14 years. There are now over 250 ‘Critter Sightings Sheets’ on file, each one completed by campers who have seen potoroos or bandicoots while staying at Cape Conran. http://bit.ly/17s97i5View post | Wed, 15 May 2013 10.42
One of East Gippsland’s most popular walks, the Mackenzie River Rainforest Walk...One of East Gippsland’s most popular walks, the Mackenzie River Rainforest Walk has just been reopened. The track, located in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve is just a kilometre in length and gives visitors the special experience of strolling through a warm temperate rainforest http://bit.ly/17opLPIView post | Tue, 14 May 2013 17.02