Great Victorian Fish Count
DIVA would like to invite you and your friends to join this year’s Great Victorian Fish Count,
Run by the Victorian National Parks Association’s Reef Watch program in partnership with Museum Victoria, this event brings together volunteer divers from across the state to help survey and monitor important reef sites.
Last year, more than 400 volunteer divers and snorkelers from schools, community conservation groups and dive clubs took part in the Great Victorian Fish Count.
We hope you can join us this year. Our marine environment certainly needs you there!
The data from the survey feeds into a dedicated database which provides Victorian National Parks Association and other marine managers and institutions with the information to monitor and protect our amazing Victorian underwater world.
It’s easy to join us, just log in: firstname.lastname@example.org or call : 03 9341 6519
So suit up and take the plunge this December.
Kade Mills, ReefWatch Coordinator
and The Dive Industry of Victoria Association Inc. (DIVA)
Please Read on, the latest info from ReefWatch Co-ordinator,
|Hi to All,
Many thanks to all the 2016 Fish Count divers who submitted their count data!
We’ve compiled thousands of records of fish and you can see them here in the 2016 Great Victorian Fish Count Report. Check out the records and see your group’s contribution to the count.
Check out the report on our website at vnpa.org.au/publications/2016-great-victorian-fish-count/.
2017 Great Victorian Fish Count
This year, the Great Victorian Fish Count will be adding sharks and rays to the fish count slate, we don’t know which ones yet and would love to hear your thoughts. Get in touch with me if there’s a shark or ray you want to record.
Praise the Rays
Fisheries Victoria has recently responded to community concerns about the killing of rays in Port Phillip Bay by proposing a number of changes to fishing regulations. The agency is proposing to prohibit the take of rays larger than 1.5 m, reduce the bag limit to one a day (from five) and prohibit the take of rays from manmade structures.
These proposed changes have come about due to the efforts of numerous divers, including the Project Banjo Action Group (see their petition here), tired of seeing rays killed for no purpose.
Please write an email before 14th August to email@example.com expressing your view on these changes.
Happy bubble blowing,
Kade Mills, ReefWatch Co-ordinator, 03 9341 6519, firstname.lastname@example.org