Events

Marine Care Ricketts Point hosts a range of events and programs throughout the year.

VNPA Sea Slug Census Number Eight: Science for when you feel sluggish

Victoria’s next Sea Slug Census is from Friday 5 to Monday 8 March- and this year we are slugging it out against other Census locations throughout Australia and overseas. The “Melbourne” Sea Slug Census is just one of many locations contributing data to the Sea Slug Census project, founded by researchers at Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre. Together, we’re documenting the biodiversity of this fascinating group of marine molluscs. Census events are run by enthusiastic groups and individuals at locations right across the country – and even across the waves.

Throughout March there will be Census events in Victoria, Lord Howe Island, Sunshine Coast, Nelson Bay, Sydney, Exmouth and Vanuatu! The challenge laid down to “sluggers” in each location is to see which area can find the most species and the most diverse taxonomic groups. Here in Victoria we have over 400 known species of nudibranchs, sap-sucking slugs, sea hares, side-gills, bubble shells and headshield slugs – and the Census is helping uncover even more.

So, if you’re out enjoying Victoria’s spectacular coastal waters during Census time, take a photo of anything that looks like a marine slug and send it to melbourneseaslugcensus@gmail.com.

Not just nudis – Victoria has a high diversity of sea slugs including minute sacoglossans (the sap-sucking sea slugs)

This will be the eighth Sea Slug Census in Victorian waters, and we’re developing a solid data set on our southern nudibranch species. We will be accepting images taken from all along the Victorian coastline – just let us know the location and date when you submit. Further details, as well as past reports featuring images of all the species we’ve recorded so far, can be found on our website.

If you are heading to the coast during this time, please remember as always to follow all advice from health and environmental authorities around social distancing, access to sites and water quality, as well as practicing safe in-water and above-water activities. Take care and stay safe while enjoying our wonderful wild spaces. For more information about current advice and restrictions check with your local council, Parks Victoria,  and the Victorian health department. Within Port Phillip Bay, you can check your local beach conditions and water quality at the Yarra and Bay Beach Report.

 

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: www.vnpa.org.au/marine-national-parks-podcast/

 

Speakers Evenings 2021 – 7.30pm start every 2nd Thursday of the even month,  Beaumaris Senior Citizens Club (behind the Beaumaris Library, 84 Reserve Road, Beaumaris.

Summer Snorkelling Program: 13 November 2020 – 27 March 2021, every Saturday, 9.00am  conditions permitting.

Beach Patrol: 1st Saturday of every month, 11.00am – location advised by email

MCRP AGM, Thursday 15 April 2021  @ 7.30pm, Beaumaris Senior Citizens Club

 

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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
Summer Snorkelling Season @ Members are notified by email each week of where the snorkel will be held | Beaumaris | Victoria | Australia
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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