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.

Sea Slug Census Eight: Winter Wonderland Edition- VNPA








The water temperature may be dropping, but our slugs are out and about.

If you’re out enjoying the ocean anytime throughout Friday 10–Monday 13 July, take a photo of anything that looks like a marine slug and send it to

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

If you are heading to the coast during this time, please remember to follow all advice from health and environmental authorities around social distancing, access to sites and water quality, as well as practising 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:



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
Beach Patrol 3193 11:00 am
Beach Patrol 3193 @ Within Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, and sometimes Black Rock
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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