Western Port environment research

​We're undertaking a range of strategic research projects, in partnership with other Victorian government agencies and leading environmental scientists, to improve our knowledge of Western Port marine and coastal environment.

These projects will help us protect and improve its health into the future.

We've released a scientific review strategically assessing our knowledge of the Western Port environment, to inform future investment to protect and improve the bay’s health.

The review identified high priority research areas.

2016 Research presentations

The latest presentations from the seminar held on 5 February are now available on the Reports and related research page.

 

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Western Port seagrass genetics and taxonomy 

Using molecular genetic tools to understand the seagrass species present and the degree to which knowledge from seagrass studies elsewhere can be applied to Western Port.

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Population trends in fish-eating birds

To determine the reasons behind the decline in fish eating birds in recent decades and identify whether the decline is indicative of changes in the bay, or something occurring more broadly across the species distributions. 

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""Monitoring and evaluation of pesticide risk to key habitats and biota

To investigate if the current levels of herbicides are likely to be impacting key habitats, identify the sources of pesticides in surrounding estuaries and determine the potential effects of pesticide levels on invertebrates, algae and fish. 

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""The protection and recovery of seagrass beds: The role of catchments, options for management and development of water quality targets

To expand on previous assessments by developing a bay-wide picture of the relationships between the presence of healthy seagrass beds with water quality and other potentially important characteristics.     

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Sediments, coastal inputs and seagrass interactions

Using modelling and field validation to investigate the influence of fine sediment on seagrass extent and condition, and to determine the feedback mechanisms of seagrass on sediment transport. 

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Recreational fishing, fish biodiversity and habitats

Analysis of long-term recreational fishing data using boat ramp surveys and angler diaries with a view to increasing our knowledge of fish biodiversity and habitat relationships in Western Port.

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Mangrove planting for coastal stabilisation

Incorporation of a wide range of projects to improve the success of mangrove planting activities, including mangrove propagation experiments, direct seeding trials, artificial reef investigation and seed collection studies.

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Improving our ability to model hydrodynamics in Western Port

To collect additional data that can be used to ensure that the Western Port hydrodynamic model provides an accurate description of water movements in Western Port.

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Assessment of the nutrient inputs and fate within the bay

Measuring inputs of nutrients to Western Port and how they are processed across tidal mudflats to better understand the potential impact on the ecological health of the bay.

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Contact us

For more information on our Western Port research contact the Western Port Review team

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