Benchmark Scientific Reports
A number of scientific studies and reviews have reported on the condition and threats to Western Port and these provide an excellent bench mark for measuring change.
Western Port Bay Environmental Study – Shapiro, M.A. 1975. (original study)
NB: We hope to provide links to digitized versions of these reports in the future.
Monitoring & Condition Reports
Numerous organizations currently monitor various aspects of the environment and the status of biological communities.
Overview – Catchment and Bay
Waterway condition in the Westernport catchment and western Mornington Peninsula (Melbourne Water) – Provides status reports on health of streams and planned programs to improve health
Water Quality Data & Reports – Victorian Water Resources Data Warehouse. A comprehensive data base of data for all regions of Victoria.
EPA Long Term Marine Fixed Site Monitoring Report – This monitoring shows long term trends, but is not currently available on-line. EPA advises that it will be making its marine monitoring data available through the Victorian Water Resources Data Warehouse in future.
Water Pollution Loads – joint EPA / MW project underway.
Beach & Estuary
Native Vegetation: DSE & DPI have extensive data sets showing extent and nature of terrestrial vegetation which when compared to historic aerial photography and ongoing satellite imagery can provide condition and trend analysis. For a good overview of the Port Phillip and Western Port Region – look at the Melbourne Environment Report 2007 (PP&W CMA).
Seagrass Condition Reports:
Mangrove Condition Reports – No known current monitoring reports. Also see Sediment Stabilisation in Western Port
General & Species Surveys