FERMS – Friends of Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary was formed in Sept 2012.

We now have well over 250 members and an active committee.

We would love you to join us at our annual AGM 6pm Thursday October 17 at the Aireys Pub and become involved in any way that is comfortable for you. See you there!

More info: Contact Nicole 0419 110 097 or info@ferms.org.au

Join in the fun, have an adventure, spot and record some amazing fish and score a cool ‘Fish Count’ t.shirt!

Scheduled for 11am Wednesday November 20, 2019. This activity is weather dependent and requires a competent swimming ability. BYO your own wetsuit and snorkel/mask.

Where: Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, Aireys Inlet. Meets Steppy Steps, Eagle Rock Parade, Aireys.

Not suitable for young children unless it is very calm.

It may be rescheduled if the weather conditions are not suitable – ie. too much swell.

More information or to register for the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary: info@ferms.org.au

About Fish Count…

Every November and December, hundreds of divers and snorkelers plunge into the water to take part in the biggest citizen-science event on Victoria’s marine calendar, the Great Victorian Fish Count.

Armed with a dive slate, they record the numbers of a selection of important fish species and report any others not usually found in the area as part of this long-term monitoring of fish across the Victorian coast.

The Count has been running  since 2002, led by the Victorian National Parks Association in partnership with Museum Victoria, Parks Victoria, Coastcare Victoria, RedMap, local dive operators and local community groups.

The data collected is uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia (an online store for biodiversity data, currently with over 67 million records) to improve our knowledge of Victoria’s marine species.

According to Phillip Wierzbowski, from Coastcare Victoria, the Great Victorian Fish Count is ‘an experience that not only contributes to citizen science while admiring the diversity of Victoria’s marine life, it is great fun too’.

The Great Victorian Fish Count is supported by the Victorian Government.


Community monitoring of the intertidal rock platform at Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary.

Join us for our tri-yearly monitoring of the Eagle Rock platform.

The Sea Search program is a great way to learn and explore the marine environment while collecting important information on its health and condition. The information collected by Sea Searchers aids the management of marine parks.

This particular Sea Search will be just on the intertidal platform (some can be under the water, but not today).

Forget the tropics, over 85% of the animals and plants found in Victoria are found only on the Southern Australian coastline. Join us and  discover a world like no other.

All ages and abilities most welcome. No prior experience or knowledge of marine life is necessary – we will provide you with identification sheets and lots of ‘fishy people’ on hand to help you!

Meeting details

Park: Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary

Meeting point: Step Beach Car Park, Eagle Rock Parade, Aireys Inlet

Meeting time: 9am

Duration: 2 hours

RSVP Email: info@ferms.org.au

What to bring

• Hat

• Warm clothing and sturdy footwear (no thongs or gumboots please). Old runners are good!

• Drink bottle

• Sunscreen

And a great attitude

Onsite contact

Peter Hay –  Parks Victoria Ranger. Phone: 0429057220

Nicole Maher – FERMS. Phone 0419110097

Reading the Rocks of the Great Ocean Road Event

7.30pm Saturday October 5:
Written in Stone with Philomena Manifold

Join us for a fascinating evening as Philomena Manifold explores our extraordinary coastline with a powerpoint presentation and talk based on her bestselling geology book, ‘Written in Stone’.

Venue:  Great Escape Books

Free Event with complimentary wine and nibbles

Book sale proceeds to FERMS (Friends of Eagle Rock Marine Park)

RSVP Essential with mobile contact to myevents@greatescapebooks.com.au or ph. Bookshop 52897052

Philomena Manifold is a geologist, photographer, and writer currently working in the Earth Science Department at the University of Melbourne.

The discipline of science and visual art, along with meditative practices, inform her writing style and the way she engages with the world.

Written in Stone is Philomena’s first book and the outcome of an nine year process of exploring, researching, writing and documenting sites along the Great Ocean Road through scientific work and artistic observation.

September is Biodiversity Month!

Join us for an evening rockpool ramble at Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary.

This is a special ‘no moon’ event, which means it will be great for using torches and spotlights.


Monday 2nd Sept – Evening Rockpool Ramble

When: 7:45pm at Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary. Meets at top of Steppy Steps, Eagle Rock Parade, Aireys Inlet.

No moon will make it really dark, so it is best for just the bigger kids (8+). BYO torches, sturdy footwear.

RSVP appreciated to peter.c@gorcc.com.au or info@ferms.com.au (this is us!)

Lead by Peter Crowcroft, Environmental Education Program Coordinator | Great Ocean Road Coast Committee