A team of volunteers monitor the colony every fortnight to ensure the population is stable and to conduct research on the colony. All penguins are tagged with microchips so that they can be easily identified. Penguins are caught, weighed and checked for human-induced injuries such as entanglements in fishing line.

Reproductive success is monitored by recording chick survival, and penguin weights can provide information regarding the state of Port Phillip Bay. Additionally, comparisons can be made between the section of the breakwater which is accessible to visitors and the section which is not. These comparisons can ensure appropriate management actions are taken in the public section. Currently, the population appears to be increasing with an estimated population size of 1400 individuals.

Photo: Doug Gimesy

Photo: Doug Gimesy

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