Victoria is home to an amazing diversity of marine life. Whether ethereal, beautiful or bizarre, our native marine life is special and needs our ongoing care.
As a community-led volunteer program ReefWatch co-ordinates a number of marine conservation programs, including safely transplanting an entire marine sponge community at Blairgowrie Pier and the Great Victorian Fish Count.
Our ReefWatch program has something for everyone, so to find out what you can do in the water, read on.
Great Victorian Fish Count
Every year hundreds of divers and snorkelers drop below the waves as part of the biggest citizen science event on Victoria's marine calendar, the Great Victorian Fish Count.
Dive clubs, schools and community groups explore dive sites all along the Victorian coastline to count temperate fish species in marine national parks and sanctuaries and in other marine areas.
Explore a world beneath the waves
Victoria's marine environment is incredibly diverse. In fact, more than 85% of species living in our ocean waters are found nowhere else on earth.
But this hidden and mysterious world is facing mounting pressures from threats such as overfishing, pollution, climate change and invasive species.
That's why our ReefWatch program is so important!
Run by the VNPA in partnership with Museum Victoria, Reef Watch brings together volunteer divers from across the state to help survey and monitor important reef sites.
We're helping scientists and conservation planners make more informed decisions about protecting Victoria's marine world by providing reliable, up-to-date marine data.
For example, our volunteer divers helped identify vulnerable marine species such as the Blue Groper and monitor damaging invasive species like the Northern Pacific Sea Star.
Adopt a sponge
One of Melbourne's favourite dive spots, Blairgowrie Pier, has become the site of what is thought to be the largest marine sponge transplant ever attempted, in the world.
ReefWatch and 'Operation Sponge' are offering divers the chance to 'adopt a sponge' and help monitor the growth of transplanted sponges at the pier.
For more information contact ReefWatch coordinator Kade Mills by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9341 6519.
You can download the How to Adopt a Sponge manual for instructions.
You can read more about this exciting project on our website.
Introducing Kade, our new ReefWatch coordinator >>
To get involved contact ReefWatch coordinator Kade Mills on 03 9341 6500 or email email@example.com.