Restore The Bay: Upcoming Volunteer Days & News

There’s two Restore The Bay volunteer days coming up in September so please feel free to forward onto your networks for anyone that would be interested in helping out:

  • Assembling Settlement Plates – Tuesday 19th of September at Beaumaris Life Saving Club – 10am to 3pm
    • This activity is being run in collaboration with Marine Care Ricketts Point and VNPA’s Reef Watch Program
    • The settlement plates will be deployed into Port Phillip Bay during October with the purpose collecting data about recruitment hotspots of Angasi oysters
    • We only need a small amount of volunteers – ideally up to 5.
  • Preparing for 2017 Hatchery Oyster Run – Thursday 21st of September at Victorian Fisheries Authority, Queenscliff – 9.30am to 3.30pm
    • This activity is being run in collaboration with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and Victorian Shellfish Hatchery
    • The work is primarily bagging up shell cultch in preparation for the hatchery run in November
    • We can handle a larger group of volunteers – up to 15 people

All PPE will be supplied as well as lunch for both volunteer days. Please rsvp to simon.branigan@tnc.org

On another note, could everyone please consider filling out this Port Phillip and Western Port Bay Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SNF5L36? – as part of Dr Rebecca Morris’s collaboration in the World Harbour Project with the University of Melbourne’s National Centre for Coasts and Climate.  The purpose of this survey is to learn more about people’s perceptions of man-made structures that protect the coast and new initiatives to try and develop coastal protection schemes that are more ecologically friendly.  Feel free to forward this survey onto your networks also.

A couple of final updates is that the Reef Cam Project has been launched – check out Port Phillip Bay from the comfort of your desk and the a new video of the shellfish reefs in Geelong Arm is available for viewing three months after deployment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1hXhdv1ylY&feature=youtu.be – thanks to Ben Cleveland.

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