Calling all ocean and beach lovers to join our Marine Bioblitz of the Byron Bay region from 8th – 17th March 2024.

Whether you are a diver, beach walker, kayaker, boater, surfer, fisher or explorer, everyone get involved!

Marine Bioblitz – Byron Bay Region 2024

The Marine Bioblitz is an opportunity for all members of the community to get involved as citizen scientists and document the rich biodiversity in our marine and coastal habitats. This provides a snapshot of species found across marine habitats at this time of year, which has never been done in our area before.

Record animal and plant species you find above and below the water from inter-tidal zones, rock pools, estuaries, pelagic zones, open ocean and reefs. The survey area coincides with our Byron Bay Hope Spot, and encompasses the Cape Byron Marine Park and extends further south to Ballina.

Your sightings help to provide an important record of the marine biodiversity that exists in our region. This information will help to inform conservation measures and monitor the impacts of climate change on our oceans.

So if you can walk a beach / paddle a kayak / snorkel a reef / wade in a river / wander around a rock pool, then this Marine Bioblitz is for you!! 

How it Works

Just register on our Humanitix event page (link below), snap a photo within the region from March 8 – 17th, and upload it to iNaturalist.

How to Participate

Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you more information about how to get started on iNaturalist & all the events you can take part in. You can undertake your own surveys and observations in your own time or join a community group event as part of our Marine Bioblitz.

Spot Amazing Creatures, Win Cool Prizes

We’ll have prizes for people who spot the most unique and weird species, for the best wildlife photo uploaded, for the rarest species found (based on the IUCN Redlist), for the best underwater photo, and the grand prize: for the amazing individual who gets the most sightings during the blitz. So get your sightings uploaded and be in the running for some awesome prizes!

Come Along to the Launch & Information Evening

7th March Launch & information evening @ Common People Bangalow. 6:00-8:30pm – Join us for “blue drinks” (a mingle with fellow ocean lovers), plus some short presentations on citizen science and how you can help manta rays and loggerhead turtles. We’ll also be sharing information about the bioblitz, including our marine animal code of conduct.