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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

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 Marybyrnong 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 he 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.

Beach profiling - monitoring sea level and sand erosion

Coming soon

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The EcoCentre acknowledges 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.

We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.