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.
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.
It is an exciting time for our ReefWatch program and we are looking forward to sharing it all with you in the coming months, including:
- The bubbling of some new ReefWatch projects including helping to transplant an entire marine sponge community at Blairgowrie Pier. You can read about this initiative on our website >>
- A presentation on over 10 years of Great Victorian Fish Count data collected by an inspiring community of ReefWatchers.
- Our 2016 Great Victorian Fish Count within earshot. See the 2015 report >>
Introducing Kade, our new ReefWatch coordinator >>
To get involved contact ReefWatch coordinator Kade Mills on 03 9341 6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.