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Baykeeper Resources

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

The Clean Bay Blueprint, October 2020

Clean Bay Blueprint is a three-year litter study conducted between July 2017 and June 2020. The project had three aims: to conduct rigorous and replicable methods to quantify plastic pollution through microplastics trawls and beach litter audits; to engage the community in citizen science actvities; and to build partnerships with other organisations that target litter and Bay health.

Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers, May 2018

Updated results from Clean Bay Blueprint project

Marine Impacts of Microplastics, 2017

MWRRG Case Study including Australia's first in-river microplastic trawls conducted by the Baykeeper and Yarra Riverkeeper from 2014-2017.

Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers

Research results of microplastics trawls for the Litter Hotspots project 'Turn off the Tap' 2014-2017

Nurdle Soup Booklet, 2014

A 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 sheet

Help 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, 2011

Government 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 Sheet

The 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 Surveys

Get 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.

Citizen Science Evaluation Rubric

Citizen Science Evaluation Rubric

Evaluation process guide, evaluation form, and detailed evaluation rubric to help you improve your citizen science projects. (Version 1.1)

Nairm Catchment Network

Nairm Catchment Report: Potential Bayside network models for our community water protectors

Along with Yarra Riverkeeper Associaton and Werribee Riverkeeper Association, we convened workshops for waterway protectors, to develop priorities and models for a network that productively links the many catchments and their stakeholders in Port Phillip Bay health.


Beach profiling - monitoring sea level and sand erosion

Coming soon

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.