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Karen Wales and Gerry QuinnTHE Merri River’s seaside sanctuary is an area of state significance according to a marine biologist.
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Deakin University’s Professor Gerry Quinn led a ‘MAD for the Merri’ tour of the sanctuary area last night, uncovering its unique features as a marine and estuarine environment.

Professor Quinn said it was very unusual to have a river opening directly onto the rocky reefs.

“It’s also on the doorstep of one of Victoria’s biggest coastal cites,” he said.

“The river system opens directly into the sanctuary.

“Mainly it’s to show people what a spectacular environment it is, particularly under the water,” Professor Quinn said.

“I’d like to encourage people to snorkel there.”

Professor Quinn said he also wanted to emphasise that the upstream catchments would eventually impact on the marine sanctuary.

“The efforts of many landholders and landcare groups has been positive,” he said.

Warrnambool City Council’s Merri River facilitator Karen Wales said the tour and presentation was an opportunity for people to better understand the sanctuary and the opportunities available to improve water quality.

“Many landholders have done some great works already, putting in trees and fencing buffers to reduce potential nutrient run-off,” she said. “I hope this encourages everyone to think a little bit more about how water quality affects the sanctuary and the wildlife in the area.”

MAD for the Merri attracted about 50 people last night and Professor Quinn said plans were under way for another similar event.

Professor Quinn is an experienced marine and freshwater biologist at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus and a member of several State Government boards, including the Scientific Advisory Committee for Parks Victoria.

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