The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, along with Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation and Parks Victoria, attended the San Remo Fishing Festival over the weekend.

They were there to promote the internationally important Western Port Ramsar site and to encourage responsible fishing and boating practices.

In between deckie-races, fishing clinics, cooking demonstrations and boat tours, attendees learnt about the amazing natural values of Western Port – from snapper and shorebirds to saltmarsh, seagrasses and mangroves. 

Kids young and old were blown away by the stories of shorebird migration, never imagining that Western Port was home to such incredible wildlife. 

The Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation is currently leading an important project that’s working with the recreational fishing and boating communities around Western Port to raise their awareness of the bay, with the aim of limiting their impacts on the sensitive environmental values. The project is supported by the Victorian Government.

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