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Marine Biologist for a Day

Get your hands dirty and learn how to become a Marine Citizen Scientist!

Neil Blake (OAM) is the founder of the EcoCentre and Port Phillip Baykeeper with the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeepers are community defenders who protect the world’s waterways and give them a voice. Neil has been monitoring biodiversity and threats in Melbourne’s waterways for years; his findings have been used to inform government, community and stakeholders about the state of our rivers and Bay.


This activity invites you to become a marine biologist for a day! Help the Baykeeper collect data that contribute to healthier waterways and habitats for our unique biodiversity. You will be doing a combination of the below activities (depending on the weather and tides):

Shell-Sorting Marine Biologists for a Day

Shoreline shell survey

We will collect shells on the beach, identify them, record their characteristics and learn about the important role of molluscs (shellfish) in the Bay ecosystem. The data collected are used to record long-term changes in population, species diversity, climate change and water quality.

Shellfish Safari

We will catch and dig for live molluscs (shellfish) for identification, measurement and counting. The results of this research are used to record population changes over time and to potentially show a link between mollusc species present and predation by the invasive Northern Pacific Sea Star.

Beach Clean up & Litter audit

Did you know that cigarette butts are the number 1 litter item found on the beaches? And that plastic makes up most of the rogue rubbish in our waterways? With your help the EcoCentre researches litter washed up on the Bay beaches. As litter is a major cause of death for our resident wildlife (like sea birds, dolphins and seals) it is imperative that we research ways to reduce it. You will help us provide local and state government with solid evidence to inform litter reduction strategies


.Marine Biologist for a Day - Shell Survey

Location: St Kilda beaches

Max participants: 15

Full day cost: $2200 plus GST


Small groups

We offer the ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ projects for smaller groups of 8 people or less as well. Contact us for details.

For more information and costings, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator on volunteer@ecocentre.com or call 9534 0670.

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including 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.