Baykeeper Resources

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Your Port Phillip Baykeeper monitors the pulse of our Bay, conducting research, action and education on a number of issues:

 

Microplastics - a risk too often overlooked
Marine Impacts of Microplastics, 2017MWRRG Case Study including Australia's first in-river microplastic trawls conducted by the Baykeeper and Yarra Riverkeeper from 2014-2017.
Microplastics in the Yarra and Maribyrnong, 2018Research results of microplastics trawls in the Yarra and Maribyrnong River - finding 828 million pieces of litter float to the Bay via the surface of these two urban rivers annually.
Nurdle Soup Booklet, 2014A paper describing the plastic pellet influx in Port Phillip Bay.

 

Litter - understanding litter in its geographic context
Streets to Sea Litter Audit Data Sheets, 2017 - Beach sheet / Street sheet / River & Creek banks sheetHelp us study litter without overlooking microplastics. This data captures litter type, volume and collectively illustrates pathways from our coasts backwards to source hotspots. These zoomed in quadrat surveys can be completed by a small team during a broader clean-up activity. Collected data also goes into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database.
Blessington Street Cigarette Butt Report, 2011Government and community can design well-targeted interventions by counting butt litter specifically address by address, and mapping adjacent infrastructure and land use type.
  

 

Molluscs and shells - indicators of Bay health
Shoreline Shell Survey SheetThe size, variety and abundance of molluscs (and their shells) in the intertidal zone and shoreline are biological indicators of changes in our Bay. This is a great activity for all ages to record and conduct basic classifications as you beachcomb. How to describe the shells you find - basics and intermediate
Live Mollusc SurveysGet your feet wet helping us dig up, identify and measure molluscs. The EcoCentre have a permit to handle and replace these mysterious, little living engineers of our Bay - contact us to learn more.
  


Beach profiling - monitoring sea level and sand erosion

Coming soon

 

Caring for your patch as part of a bigger picture

 Nairm Catchment Networks Report, 2018        The EcoCentre, Yarra Riverkeeper and Werribee Riverkeeper researched the potential to establish a network made up of community-based organisations working to protect waterways, organised on the idea that 'caring for the catchments cares for the Bay'