I am very pleased to be able to forward to you the recently completed Sea Search Manual that has been developed to assist our volunteers and staff in monitoring within marine protected areas in Victoria. This publication is also accessible on Parkweb at http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/602279/Sea_Search_Manual.pdf
This is a guide to a wide range of monitoring activities all of which contribute to collecting useful information for improving understanding of park values and threats, or in assessing the benefits of management activities.
The new Sea Search methods are designed to better provide for community interests through describing activities with a range of difficulty to cater for differing skill levels, while also improving the quality and usefulness of the information gathered to inform management of these areas.
We look forward to having this guide, and other supporting tools including a new Sea Search data base and training videos in development, well used over the coming 12 months as we continue to build opportunities for effective citizen science within our marine protected areas.More info on the Sea Search program is available from your local marine rangers, regional coordinators, Marine Science Manager Dr. Steffan Howe, or myself.
Best wishes, Mark