Marine Care Ricketts Point hosts a range of events and programs throughout the year. Hopefully we will be able to start again later this year.

Climate Solutions.



MCRP is co-sponsoring this talk with other environmental groups.  Renowned economist Professor Ross Garnaut will be exploring solutions in the context of Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery online Tuesday December 1st at 7pm.

Please register via theFacebook event page below.



Join us every Thursday during the Fish count for a “fintastic” time online

Every Thursday around lunchtime during fish count we will be having a “count and catch up” session. Put simply we (Kade and Nicole) will be jumping online and doing a virtual Great Victorian Fish Count using the underwater Reef Cam at Popes Eye. The sessions will only last 30 minutes, so get your lunch ready beforehand and join us as we talk fish and have a whale of a time.

The Great Victorian Fish Count (GVFC) is Victoria’s largest marine citizen science event, with groups across the state getting out and recording the abundance of 35 different fish species in their local patch every November and December. Thanks to Reef Cam we can also take part in fish count from our lounge rooms!

To join in on any of our lunchtime counts simply pop the dates and times below into your calendar and tuna in for a taste of fish counting as well as a chance to see the amazing diversity of life that calls our Great Southern Reef system home.

Virtual Fish Count sessions

Thursday 19 November 13:00 – 13:30

Thursday 26 November 12:00 – 12:30

Thursday 3 December 12:30 – 13:00

Thursday 10 December 10:30 – 11:00

There is no need to register just click on this link and dive in: . Note that this link will work for all sessions.

You can brush up on your fish ID skills here, and try your hand at some practice counts on our Great Victorian Fish Count homepage.

Reef Cam was installed by the Nature Conservancy to raise awareness of life on our southern reefs. You can view the daily livestream of Reef Cam (and get to know many of the fish of the GVFC) here.


In a year that has seen more internet than ocean surfing we hope you’ve found consolation in our online offerings.

One of the usual highlights of our year is the Great Victorian Fish Count. We’d normally launch the program with nibbles and tipples in the Green Building, where amazing speakers and amazing people gather to learn about Victoria’s marine life.

This year we’d love you to join us for an online presentation to kick the Fish Count off.

Come along next Thursday evening at 6pm (22 October) to hear from marine scientists, discover our ‘feature fish’, the Victorian Scalyfin, witness the wonder of Giant Smooth Rays and learn all about ‘The Count’.

About the Great Victorian Fish Count evening launch

The Grouchy: The Victorian Scalyfin is a territorial, sometimes grouchy but also super cute fish. Before My Octopus Teacher, we had Mark Norman (Parks Victoria). Mark spent 160 hours observing these fascinating species at Victoria’s iconic Popes Eye.

The Graceful: The effortless movement of our giant smooth rays and southern eagle rays captivates everyone from the diver in the water to the person watching from the pier. But what are they doing and where are they when we are not watching them? Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons has the answers, well… at least some of them.

The Great: To talk all things Great Victorian Fish Count we will have Reefwatch’s Nicole Mertens filling us in on what we found last year and presenting us with a roadmap for Fish Count 2020.

The 2020 Great Victorian Fish Count during COVID

The Great Victorian Fish Count is the biggest citizen science event on Victoria’s marine calendar with divers and snorkelers joining their local club, dive store or community group to plunge into the water to count and record marine fish.

These activities generally take place with small to medium-sized groups meeting at a many locations across Victoria’s coastline across November and December.

Naturally the Great Victorian Fish Count will need to look a bit different this year and everyone will need to adhere to the relevant COVID-19 restrictions. There may be restrictions on where and when Fish Count can go ahead, but when it’s possible to meet outdoors and get in the water safely, we will be ready to count fish.

We’ll keep you posted with dates and locations of registered activities, and list them on the Great Victorian Fish Count webpage. Some events will be members only, others may be open to public- best to get in touch with your local group to see if you can join in.

The 2019 Great Victorian Fish Count

The Great Victorian Fish Count 2019 Report is now available.

You can find it here, and that’s not all you’ll find.

Meet the fish of the count, look through past reports, and test your ID skills viewing one of our Virtual Fish Counts from GVFC 2019.

Great Fish

If you are residing in a 5km bubble, we hope the sun is shining on you and if you are outside the bubble, keep doing what you are doing, we are looking forward to joining you soon.

Take care and stay safe,

Kade Mills – ReefWatch Coordinator

Nicole Mertens – Project Officer


Sea Slug Census Eight: Winter Wonderland Edition- VNPA – Sorry has been Cancelled!







A message from Victorian Nation Parks Association.
With the Victorian government’s announcement yesterday regarding a return to stage 3 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, including many areas along the coast, we sadly need to cancel the winter Sea Slug Census this weekend. For more information about current restrictions see
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any photos as part of the official Sea Slug Census project records at this time, even from outside of affected areas.
Southern Sea Slugs Photo Competition – Search your slug shots while staying at home.
We are hosting a stay-at-home friendly activity (instead of the Sea Slug Census) that everyone can participate in: a Southern Sea Slugs Photo Competition. This way you can ‘hunt’ for nudis from your own couch and help us celebrate these beautiful, quirky creatures without leaving the house. We’re asking people to comb through their photo library and put forth their best photo, something that captures how spectacular our southern sea slugs really are.
The best photo and two runners up will receive a selection of sea slug art and goodies to brighten up their homes- let’s face it, a lot of us need a bit of colour in our lives right now, and nudis are perfect for that. First prize includes a framed, canvas print of Ersnt Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature- Nudibranchia.
“Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur 1904 Nudibranchia- Illustrated Plate 43”.
What to do.
Just send in your favourite and most fabulous shot of a Victorian species of nudibranch or other sea slug* to be in the running for a prize. Photos will be judged by a guest judge.
To enter, please send your photo to with the title ‘Southern Sea Slug Photo comp’.
* If you choose to enter this competition you accept that the Victorian National Parks Association can:
Share your photo through social media, emails, and our website (credited to you)
Add your photo to our official database on Victorian marine life (where appropriate)
Contact you to let you know you’ve won a prize
Competition rules:
  • 1 photo entry per person
  • Photo must be of a Victorian sea slug* or slugs and have been taken within Victoria
  • Photo can be from any time, not just within a Melbourne Sea Slug Census timeframe. If possible, include date and location where photo was taken (photos with date and location data may be added to ReefWatch’s citizen science observation records)
  • No need to compress your image files (please send a high-quality version of your photo to allow for fair judging)
  • Photos must be submitted by 11:59pm on 24 July 2020 to be considered
*For the purpose of judging this competition ”sea slug” refers to any mollusc traditionally belonging to the Nudibranchs, Pleurobranchs, Cephalaspids (headshield slugs/bubble shells), Anaspids (sea hares), Sacoglossans (sap-sucking slugs) or Acteonids (also bubble shells). In this case, as has been the case with our Sea Slug Census records, we will also accept photos of Onchidellas and Velutinids.
Thanks to everyone for your understanding during these difficult times and your support of the Sea Slug Census project. We hope to bring you some updates on what this project is telling us about our southern slugs soon, as well as some more stay-at-home sea slug-based resources (including the report for our March Census).
Details about the competition and updates on the Sea Slug Census project can also be found on our website.


VNPA Podcast Series

In 2002, a world-first system of Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries was established in Victoria after over 10 years of community campaigning. This campaign was a significant part of our state’s environmental and marine history.

The Victorian National Parks Association has created a podcast series to celebrate this successful campaign and the marine areas that are protected as a result. Listen in and learn all about how it all came about and why it matters.
In our Marine National Park podcast series we capture the social history that led to the creation of Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries in Victoria.

Over six episodes you will hear:
· from people who were directly involved in the campaign and in the creation of these protected areas.
· from Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation about Sea Country.
· a range of perspectives on Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries and Port Phillip Bay, including from local community groups, marine managers, scientists, marine advocates and educators.

And you will get to:
· take a guided tour of Port Phillip Bay and discover its geology and background.
· develop an understanding of the deeper political history that led to an investigation into the protection of marine areas in Victoria.
· learn about the values of Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.

Today, Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries are a well-loved part of our marine environment where important underwater habitats and unique wildlife are protected.

It is worth reflecting on the hard work of the people who fought for the conservation of these areas – it is truly an inspiration for current and future nature protection campaigns!
Listen or download the six-episode podcast on our website:



You are invited to participate in intertidal monitoring at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.
Date: Saturday 15 February 2020
Time: 1-3.30pm
Where: Triangle Reef Ricketts Point

Parks Victoria is focussing on an adaptive management process and the data collected from intertidal monitoring will feed directly into this process; the information collected will be interpreted and certain threshold levels/factors will trigger management action.

The method we will use to monitor the intertidal reef will be explained in detail during the session and activities include:
• Taking photos
• Intertidal reef assessment – counting habitat using point intercept method
• Intertidal reef assessment – counting invertebrates
Who can participate?
Anyone interested in learning about the health of intertidal reef in Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and reporting the information back to Parks Victoria.
Equipment needed:
Wet booties/shoes that can get wet and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

RSVP – by 13th February 2020
Please rsvp by registering as a volunteer and clicking on the event on ParkConnect.
Direct link:…/public-planned-activ…/… 9c3c-ea11-a812-000d3ad1cf6f

To create an account, go to the above web address
click on ‘sign-in’
click ‘register’
enter your email and set a password (with at least one uppercase and one number), click ‘register’ update your information with ‘name’, ‘last name’, ‘email’, ‘mobile’, click ‘update’
click ‘send confirmation email’ click ‘complete registration’

Once you have registered, you will be able to navigate via the above link to find the intertidal monitoring activity and join the activity.

If you need assistance in creating a ParkConnect login/user account or navigating the system please contact Ranger Ellen Williams, Ranger Team Leader Emily Verey or myself

We look forward to seeing you there.
Daisy Smith
Ranger I North Port Phillip I Port Phillip Western Port District
T: (03) 8427 2733 M: 0497 337 090 E:
Parks Victoria
82 Nelson Place, Williamstown VIC 3016 I PO Box 268 Williamstown VIC 3016


MCRP & VNPA present – Wild Families – Ricketts Point Marine Discoveries

Sunday 1 March 10am – 12.30pm

Guided snorkel –   for all over 8 years old
Beach comb – suitable for all ages
Birdwatching – suitable for all ages.


Free Event – but you must register beforehand to attend!  Details below.

Come experience the marine life of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, Beaumaris with Wild Families and Marine Care Ricketts Point. 

Activity details

Sunday 1 March, 10am-12:30pm
Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, Beaumaris

RSVP for all activities is essential. Places are strictly limited.

Guided snorkel: 10am-12:30pm

The snorkelling activity is suitable for kids 8 and over who are accompanied by an adult. Gear provided. BYO wetsuits if you can.

Beachcomb: 10:30-11:30

Search for washed up treasures and marine life along the beach with Marine Care Ricketts Point.  Suitable for families with children of all ages.

Birdwatching: 10:30-11:30

Spot and learn about our glorious coastal birds on this birdwatching activity. Suitable for families with children of all ages.

You must register to join the event by RSVP to Caitlin Griffith on or 93416508

Please provide your contact phone number and email address, number of adults, number of children and age of children for snorkelling.

All children must attend with adult supervision for each activity.

Further details will be provided when you RSVP.

All activities are free.

Marine discovery day supported by funding from the Victorian State Government.

Image courtesy Dive 2U



Saturday 5 Oct 2019 –  four Nudibranch sleuths who braved 13 degree water to search for these beautiful marine creatures.

1st photo – Ivan

2nd photo from L to R – Kevin, Quinn and Amy with divers Ivan, Susan, Ali and David.



Another Sea Slug (nudibranch) Census coordinated by the  Victorian National Parks Association is happening in the first weekend of October.  See  This webpage has some great information about sea slugs.

On Saturday 5th October 2019 at 10am MCRP will join in the census with a snorkel at Tea House Reef (Melway Map 86 B8), weather and water quality permitting.

We will give more details and a weather and conditions update in the week before.

This is our first snorkelling activity since the winter solstice snorkel, so this will give you a chance to wash the dust off your gear and clean your camera lens before our Summer Snorkelling Program begins in November.

David Langmead, Snorkelling Coordinator


Speakers Evenings 2020 – 7.30pm start every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 times a year, on the even months, – 11 February, 14 April, 9 June, 11 August, 13 October, 8 December.  Beaumaris Senior Citizens Club (behind the Beaumaris Library, 84 Reserve Road, Beaumaris.

Summer Snorkelling Program: 16 November 2019 – 28 March 2020, every Saturday, 9.00am  conditions permitting. Beach Patrol: 1st Saturday of every month, 11.00am – location advised by email MCRP AGM, Tuesday 14 April 2020  @ 7.30pm, Beaumaris Senior Citizens Club

The Great Victorian Fish Count: Saturday 23 November 9am. Calling all Fishcounters! 🐟 It’s the time of the year we don our gear and ask all the fish to stand up and be counted! The theme this year is “our marine life rocks”. With this in mind our first fish count will be held at the Ricketts Point teahouse reef November 23rd at 9 am. The emblem that will don our t shirts is the ornate cowfish.
If you are able to participate in the fish count can you please contact me Here and let me know & forward your t shirt size. The ladies t shirts are back this year as well. Further information closer to the date.
Happy snorkelling
Fishcount organizer.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Summer Snorkelling Season 9:00 am
Summer Snorkelling Season @ Members are notified by email each week of where the snorkel will be held
Nov 14 2020 @ 9:00 am – Mar 27 2021 @ 10:00 am
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Come and join us – we meet and snorkel weekly. It is fun and educational, and you will meet some great, interesting people! Participation is restricted to financial members only of MCRP.  Join MCRP here We
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