Make your selfie a safe one


Living in the world of smartphones and selfies, there is a constant desire to take the perfect pic for every moment.

At Great Ocean Road Coast, we’re trying to make your memory of the Great Ocean Road a safer one, which is why we are seeking your feedback on what to do at the Memorial Arch site in Eastern View.  Read more

Community urged to bin bad behaviour


‘Seal the Loop’ bins are to be installed at Moggs Creek and Eastern View fishing locations to encourage proper disposal of fishing waste and reduce threats to marine life.

Zoo’s Victoria, in partnership with Melbourne Zoo Community, have donated three Seal the Loop bins to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) after the popular fishing spots were identified as litter hot spots.

 

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Reserves Outdoor Worker and keen angler Nick Farrant with a popular Seal the Loop bin at Fisherman's Beach.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Reserves Outdoor Worker and keen angler Nick Farrant with a popular Seal the Loop bin at Fisherman’s Beach.

Conservation Officer Danielle Knox said incorrectly discarded fishing waste can be mistaken as food and ingested by wildlife which can be passed on to their young and result in injury or death.

“30 species of marine animals including seabirds, turtles, whales, dolphins and sharks are listed as ‘at risk’ of injury and fatality caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris,” she said.

Seal the Loop bins are already installed in Lorne, Torquay and Anglesea and research shows the bins are helping in the fight to reduce marine wildlife entanglement rates.

According to Zoo’s Victoria, a 2013 study revealed that 56% of coast users who came across a Seal the Loop bin changed their waste disposal behaviour as a result.

GORCC Outdoor Works Supervisor Phil Brown said litter was an ongoing issue on the coast.

“The litter ends up back in the ocean where it can harm both marine life and beachgoers,” he said.

While GORCC staff undertake regular beach clean ups, litter remains a problem, particularly in more popular fishing areas.

“The new bin locations have been chosen based on popular fishing spots where litter has been identified as an issue,” Mr. Brown said.

Coalmine Creek (near Moggs Creek) has been in need of a near-by Seal the Loop bin, with litter adding up. Picture: local resident, Rod Hamilton.
Coalmine Creek (near Moggs Creek) has been in need of a near-by Seal the Loop bin, with litter adding up. Picture: local resident, Rod Hamilton.

Ms Knox urged community members and local anglers to take care when disposing of fishing waste.

“If there is not a Seal the Loop bin in your area, you can ask your local council to sign up for a bin which are offered free of charge to any organisation, council or group who agree to install and maintain them,” she said.

If you notice any injured or distressed marine wildlife, please call the AGL Marine Response Unit team on 0447 158 676.

Marine animals such as seals come in to close contact with harmful marine debris. Picture: Zoo's Victoria.
Marine animals such as seals come in to close contact with harmful marine debris. Picture: Zoo’s Victoria.

For further information regarding Seal the Loop bins, including a bin registration form visit http://www.zoo.org.au/sealtheloop.

If you would like to become involved in the 2014 Seal the Loop Action Day to be held November 14, email Danielle Knox at dknox@zoo.org.au and keep up to date by searching #sealtheloop on Twitter @zoosvictoria.

 

Related blog posts:

The Great Egret has been spotted at the Spring Creek Estuary recently

Rare visitors threatened by waste.

Community members are urged to use Melbourne Zoo’s Seal the Loop bins designed for the collection of fishing waste so seals do not become entangled. Photo: www.zoo.org.au Seal relocation highlights community role.

Eastern View Hooded Plovers fledge and fly away


Fabulous news. Two endangered Hooded Plover chicks have survived the danger period and fledged (taken to the skies).

The eggs and the flightless chicks had to last around 60 days without being trampled or eaten – not an easy feat for birds that nest on one of our busiest beaches in peak season!

Hoodie Chicks Eastern View
Too cute! The little chicks in their ‘flightless’ stage.

Its a great achievement by GORCC staff – especially our Conservation team, BirdLife Australia and local volunteers.  Together, we pulled out all the stops to  make sure these little cuties survived.

To make things difficult, the nest was in a dog zone so volunteers and Georgie Beale (GORCC Conservation Officer) put a massive amount of work into meeting and educating dog walkers.

This is the first time in three years that Hooded Plover chicks have fledged on our coast – a great effort by all.

Learn more about Hooded Plovers and how to get involved in their protection here.

Baby Hoodies on the Beach!


Two endangered Hooded Plover chicks have hatched at Eastern View and are striving to survive.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Conservation (GORCC) Officer Georgie Beale is urging all beachgoers to keep dogs on a leash, adhere to all signs, stay away from fenced nesting areas and enter the beach via designated pathways.

“Three precious chicks hatched last week and two are now thriving whilst one unfortunately died due to unknown circumstances.

“Unfortunately, the breeding habits of ‘hoodies’ put them at risk.

“The birds do not build nests, they breed during the busy summer season and any disturbance from people or animals drives the adult birds away from their chicks,” she said.

The two remaining Hoodies at Eastern View.
The two remaining Hoodies at Eastern View are striving to survive. PHOTO: Georgina Beale

GORCC has worked with volunteers and Birdlife Australia to rope off the nest area and install signs to ensure the chicks are protected.

Ms. Beale commended the volunteers, Birdlife Australia and the community for their enthusiasm and cooperation in helping to protect the chicks.

“The volunteers have also done a fantastic job in monitoring the chicks since they hatched.”

“Dog owners have been very cooperative and we have received a lot of support from beachgoers who stop to have a look,” she said.

An information session was held at the site over the long weekend to inform the public about the chick’s arrival and the importance of protecting them.

A telescope was set up on the site to give community members chance to view the Hoodies from a distance.

Despite the arrival of these precious new locals, the Hooded Plover is still very much endangered.  The species is already extinct in Queensland and northern New South Wales and in November 2010 there were only 569 adult birds left in Victoria.

For more information on the Hooded Plover, visit: www.gorcc.com.au

Related blogs:

photo-22Conference for hoodie conservation
km-entanglement-4_mg_7092Volunteer saves injured hoodie
p91904411Hoodie monitors go hi-tech
hooded-plover-photo-taken-by-dean-ingwersen2An update on our little Hoodies
releasing-a-bird-at-pt-roadknight-after-capturing-and-banding-it-georgie-beale-gorcc-mike-weston-deakin-uni-glen-ewers-birds-australia-taken-by-grainne-maguire Precious babies on our beaches
11492_hooded-plover-chicks-pt-roadnight1Protecting our endangered locals