Reef Watch Victoria
Reef Watch Victoria is a not-for-profit project that encourages you as divers and snorkellers to check on marine life at your favourite dive sites
Through Reef Watch, you will be able to encourage better policies and actions to protect Victoria's marine Environment.
These photographs remain copyright of the photographers.
Reef Watch conducts seminars and courses for volunteers to further their knowledge on marine plants and animals.
Mystery Creature No. 23 : Clue.
Claws crossed you can pick the species.
Mystery Creature No. 21 : Photo: Scott Grimster.
Answer The photo above shows the eggs of the Tasselled Anglerfish. Females lay about 5 000 eggs in a large mass. Each egg has a long double filament that sticks to growth on the surrounding rocks. Males protect and guard the eggs with their body.
Mystery Creature No. 22 : Clue.
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Reef Watch wins awardAt an annual event for coastal groups in Victoria run by the state's Coastal Council, Reef Watch was honoured with the award for excellence in education. More than 250 people attended this year's Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence, which were held at the Melbourne Museum on Thursday 26 April. The Victorian National Parks Association's Reef Watch program has been short-listed for the award in previous years, but after ten years of building widespread community awareness about our spectacular marine environment and continuing to grow participation in fantastic projects such as the Great Victorian Fish Count - we finally cracked the nut.
Sincere thanks to our dedicated and inspiring volunteers for making this award possible and helping to guide Reef Watch from strength to strength.
BLUE GROPERS ARE NOW PROTECTED.We need your help. New regulations have recently been introduced to prohibit the take of Eastern and Western blue groper by all fishing methods. The no-catch limit provides protection until April 2012. DPI /Fisheries will then decide on whether the species requires further protection. How you can help. Reef Watch would greatly appreciate further sighting details (with photos and location details) of both species of Blue Groper. Once verified, this information will be passed on to Fisheries. Please forward your photos and location details
Tasmanian scientists are taking it a step further by looking at reintroducing the Blue Groper to their waters...... The Eastern Blue Groper has been functionally extinct in Tasmanian waters since the 1800's, Tasmanian scientists in an attempt to redress the loss of this species and other large fish predators in Tasmanian waters are trialling the reintroduction of the Eastern Blue Groper.
To find out more about sightings in Victoria
SHARKS COUNT TOO...
If you see a White Shark along the Victorian Coast, please send the sighting details (location, time) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help Scientists find this Sea Cucumber?
Museum Victoria Honorary Marine Research Associate, Mark O'Loughlin and Reef Watcher Shari Barmos are working together on classifying our Victorian sea cucumbers.
They believe there are up to 4 species of this big sea cucumber 'Paracaudina' on the Victorian Coast. They need your help in locating them. They need insitu photos (so please don't move them) along with the date and location details.
Probable habitat: Seagrass beds, partially buried. They are frequently washed onto beaches during storms.
One specimen was photographed in 2008 by diver Darryn McKenzie in a very strange position. It is thought to be elevating its body so as to broadcast its gametes into the current
Great Victorian Fish Count - 2011Dates for 2012 are 24th Nov - 9th Dec. Follow for a list of participants for 2012 Also new this year we are running a raffle to help cover the costs of the event. Click to find out more. Or to watch a Youtube video to get inspired, and help with species Id. In addition, you can download a general information leafet in .pdf format here
Surveys - OCT 2011
David Brand Flinders Pier 26/09/2011, am (Scuba, 50mins).Temp: 13. Vis. 5m Mammals: Sub-adult Australian Fur Seal Fish Species: (1-5): Blue Weed Whiting, Magpie Perch, Rough Leatherjacket, (6-20) Bluethroat Wrasse (all female), Tasmanian Blennies, Juvenile Bullseyes. Inverts: (1-5) Short-tailed Ceratosoma, (6-20) Red Swimmer Crabs, Featherduster worm, 11 arm seastar, Red Tulip Sea squirt (>20) Blue Grape Seasquirt, Orange&White Anemone, Biscuit Seastar Marine Pests: None Reported.
Sylvia Buchanan Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron 20/10/2011 Am: (Scuba, 60mins), Vis: 5m, Temp: 17 Fish Species: (1-5): Pygmy Leatherjacket, Globefish, Pot Bellied Seahorse, Sparsely Spotted Stingaree, Southern Fidler Ray Inverts: (1-5) Short-tailed Nudibranch, Made-up Phyllodemium, Decorator Crab, Red Bait Crab, Sand Crab, Biscuit Seastar, Knobby Seastar, Golf Ball Sponge, Rose Sponge, (6-20) Doughboy Scallop 11arm Seastar Marine Pests: Northern Pacific Seastar (10)
New Marine Identification App. by John Gaskell John Gaskell, Co-author of the fabulous book 'Beneath our Bay', has released a new Iphone/Ipad application to assist you to identify our marine species. Sea Life Victoria is an informative guide to over 200 of the marine animals that live in Victoria's southern habitats. This application includes a collection of beautiful wild animal photographs all captured in their natural environment. Features Include:-High quality professional photographs of over 200 species in their natural environment. Tap to view in full screen.-Informative text on each species relating to size, description, habitat, and interesting facts.-Ability to swipe through each species.-Browse function to view species in their animal groups.-A slide show accompanied by animal common names and scientific names. For more information
><(((('> ><(((('> ><(((('>Museum Victoria is producing a series of field guides to the rich marine life of southern Australia.
They are seeking help from Reef Watch photographers to contribute live animal images for the upcoming titles on:
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.