PROGRAM UPDATE 1 August 2019 |

Our 2018 Great Victorian Fish Count was another great success, with 750 citizen scientists taking to the water to record a diverse range of bony fish, sharks and rays from bays, piers and reefs across the state.  

To read more about the exciting findings from 2018 the full report is available here.

Download report here

All of the shark and ray species added to the count in 2017 have now been sighted, with the exception of the elephantfish.

Some of the highlights from 2018 include:

  • The Port Jackson shark was recorded in 11 per cent of surveys
  • Eastern blue gropers were recorded in 3 out of 4 surveys in their known range, and western blue gropers were also sighted in a small number of surveys
  • The blue throat wrasse continues to be the most commonly sighted species recorded in the highest abundance compared to any other species, although the magpie perch came a very close second

The next Great Victorian Fish Count will be held from 16 November until 15 December 2018. We hope to see more fish-lovers jumping into the water to take the dive that counts – together we can make 2019 the biggest and best fish count ever!

To find out first about next year’s event subscribe to ReefWatch updates here.