Last month, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WG CMA) delivered an EstuaryWatch community engagement event on the Merriman Creek estuary.

The event gave 55 community members the opportunity to watch staff from the WG CMA demonstrating estuary monitoring techniques.

Estuary openings need to be carefully managed. Some of the attendees had previously witnessed fish strandings at Merriman Creek, which can happen when esturay openings aren’t properly planned. Regular monitoring by citizen science groups like EstuaryWatch helps CMAs manage estuaries and prevent strandings by providing data showing the best times to artificially open the estuary.

Dion Lervasi and Matt Khoury Catching FishDion Lervasi sharing the catch 

EstuaryWatch is a citizen science monitoring initiative that supports community members to actively participate in the monitoring of estuary health. Corangamite CMA coordinates the regional program and the participating regions are:

  • Glenelg Hopkins
  • Corangamite
  • Melbourne Water
  • West Gippsland

EstuaryWatch is funded through a $222m investment over four years to improve the health of waterways and catchments, and delivers on Action 3.8 from Water for Victoria: support community partnerships and citizen science.

Talking fish

All images courtesy Matt Khoury: Dion Lervasi and Matt Khoury from West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority catching fish and speaking with the local community.

Get involved and sign up to become an EstuaryWatch volunteer.