The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Monitoring and Reporting (Native Animals)

Monitoring & reporting for native animals

This section outlines:

  • the monitoring that will be undertaken to check progress towards the targets and
  • how progress will be reported.

Diversity of native animal species

Monitoring

Data from various information sources will be used to assess the diversity of native animal species.  Data includes the species name and the date and location of the sighting.  Information sources include the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, Melbourne Water Frog Census data, Melbourne Water Fish Census data and the Atlas of Australian Birds.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) collects and manages data for the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife.  Sightings of native animals are submitted to the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife by people with varying expertise – from sightings made by qualified biologists during systematic fauna surveys to members of the public who make incidental sightings.  All records are reviewed by an expert prior to entry into the database.

Melbourne Water collects data for the Melbourne Water Frog Census and the Melbourne Water Fish Census.  Birds Australia co-ordinate data collection and storage for the Atlas of Australian Birds.

The data from all of these information sources will be used to re-assess the likely diversity of native animals in 2015.

Reporting

The diversity of native animals will be reported on as part of a Catchment Condition Report produced every 3 years by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority. The report will also include discussion of the following questions:

  • Is adequate data being collected to enable monitoring and reporting of progress towards the targets?
  • Has the diversity of native animals changed?
  • Are we likely to meet the targets? If not, what changes are needed so it becomes likely the targets will be met? Or do the targets need to be revised?
  • Does this set of targets provide sufficient indication of the overall ecological health and resilience of native animals? If not, what changes are needed?

Health of populations of Indicator Species

Monitoring
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will source empirical data and expert opinion for the Bayesian Belief Threatened Species Network Models.  Ongoing data collection will be important to maximise the accuracy and dependability of the models. The models are expected to be updated and improved as new information and knowledge is collected.

DELWP and PPWCMA will use the data to re-assess the population health of indicator species populations by 2016.

Reporting

The condition of native animals will be reported on as part of an ‘asset condition’ report produced every 3 years by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority. The report will include discussion of the following questions:

  • Is adequate data being collected to enable monitoring and reporting of progress towards the targets?
  • Has the health of populations of Indicator Species changed?
  • Are we likely to meet the targets? If not, what changes are needed so it becomes likely the targets will be met? Or do the targets need to be revised?
  • Does this set of targets provide sufficient indication of the overall ecological health and resilience of native animals? If not, what changes are needed?

 

The current condition of native animals in this area have been assessed (Method and Condition) and targets have been set for their future condition (Targets). Lead organisations are committed to achieving these targets (Leadership) and the main pressures have been identified (Pressures).