Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula joined forces with other organisations and the broader Venus Bay community to raise our concerns about the potentially negative impacts from intense recreational Pipi harvesting at Venus Bay.

Our thanks to Dr. Greg Parry, Marine Ecological Solutions, the Victorian National Parks Association, BirdLife Australia and the Venus Bay community who donated to funds for an independent survey of Pipi populations at Venus Bay in 2013.

Click on the link below to see the report by Marine Ecological Solutions, published in 2014.

MES10_pipi_monitoring2014_FINAL (PDF)

Click below for information on Pipi by Marine Biologist Heather Hawke.

Heather Hawke PIPI-infosheet (PDF)

More information from Victorian National Parks Association below:

VNPA fact-sheet-pipis-in-peril (PDF)

The Great Pipi Research Project

From 2015, for 3 years, Dr John Morrongiello from the University of Melbourne conducted a significant research project about the sustainability of Venus Bay’s recreational and commercial pipi harvest, funded through the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

Progress reports on the study are available below:

VB pipi project update John Morrongiello May 2016 (PDF)

pipi progress report Mar 2018 for VB (PDF)


Recreational Pipi harvesting at Venus Bay 2009.
Pipi harvesting Venus Bay 2010
Venus Bay beach 2010