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 Environment and Primary Industries website.
08 Jul 2014
A group of students with refugee backgrounds from Bendigo Senior Secondary College recently enjoyed a camp to Wilsons Promontory National Park. The trip was organised as part of a Parks Victoria program to connect diverse communities to parks and enable them to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature. The…
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning...Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning and have been monitoring it since. The Yarra River is tidal and it’s not uncommon to see a dolphin or a seal in both the Yarra or Maribyrnong Rivers. Rangers noticed the seal was fishing for food and seemed quite content and, as of midday, reported that the seal was heading towards the city and is likely to be heading back toward the bay. Now seal here: playful marine mammal journeys 14km from Port Phillip Bay to Yarra Riverwww.theage.com.auA seal has swum all the way along the Yarra River from Port Phillip Bay, playing and catching two big fish before ending up in South Yarra.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14.49
Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier w...Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier was damaged by storms in late June and has now been repaired. The main promenade of the pier had remained open during the closure.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08.32
Today is Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day and this Sunday is National Tree Day so h...Today is Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day and this Sunday is National Tree Day so head outside and get involved in a community tree planting event near you: www.treeday.planetark.org Who knows, the tree you plant might grow to be as big as this Mountain Ash one day! Timeline PhotosBig old Mountain Ash.View post | Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13.34
Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinat...Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinator Roellen!Timeline PhotosVolunteers from the Friends of the Helmet Honeyeaters have been braving the cold weather each day to provide supplementary feed to these critically endangered Victorians. Their fantastic work forms a key part of the Helmeted Honeyeater recovery program, which is allowing the wild population around Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve to slowly grow. Thanks to Roellen, one of the volunteers for this image.View post | Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16.26
Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000...Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000 grant towards the work they do for endangered bandicoots and would like your vote.Timeline PhotosThe bandicoots are crossing their tiny paws and hoping for your help - just click to vote and help us win $5,000 to look after them! http://sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/help-protect-endangered-bandicootsView post | Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13.46