Operation Bay Watch
'1,400 seals die every year as a result of entanglement injuries, along with sea birds, whales, dolphins and turtles'...Melbourne Zoo.

50,000 More Eyes to Protect Our Marine Life

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria and Melbourne Zoo's AGL Marine Response Unit have launched Operation Bay Watch, aimed at lifting the surveillance for injured marine life on Port Phillip and Western Port Bay, where 68% of Victoria's 172,000 registered watercraft operate by engaging the boating community to keep a watch out for injured animals.

Plastic rubbish and discarded fishing line is responsible for killing or maiming both sea birds and marine wild life, especially seals, which are often entangled in discarded fishing line and other plastic debris, such as netting or even packing tape.

Join Operation Bay Watch and Help Protect our Marine Life


Just follow these simple steps:

  • Add the Melbourne Zoo Marine Response Unit 1300 245 678 to your mobile phone.
  • If you see injured or distressed marine wildlife contact the Zoo’s AGL Marine Response Unit
  • Take a photo on your mobile phone of the injured marine wildlife and text it to the ZOO’s AGL Marine Response Unit on 0447 158 676 with a description of the location.
  • Follow up with phone call 1300 245 678.

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