Summer by the Sea 2017 is off to a strong start, with around 1,500 people having flocked to the first week of activities along Victoria’s coastline.

Summer by the Sea 2017 is off to a strong start, with around 1,500 people having flocked to the first week of activities along Victoria’s coastline.

Approximately 300 fun and educational activities are on offer during the program which runs from 2 – 26 January.

Summer by the Sea, now in its 21st year, aims to develop appreciation and understanding of Victoria’s coastline while showcasing different features of the environment.

Coastcare Victoria Coordinator Evelyn Nicholson said: “The activities span from one end of Victoria’s coastline to the other – from rockpool rambles at Port Fairy to snorkelling at Elwood and twilight fishing at Mallacoota.

“The most popular activities so far have been the family favourites such as beachcombing and rockpool rambles.”

“The more active experiences have also been a hit – standup paddle boarding, canoeing and snorkelling sessions were quick to book out.”

“We’ve been lucky with the weather so far, and the blue skies and sunshine have helped with large turnouts at most events.”

“There’s still plenty of time to be involved in Summer by the Sea, which encourages all Victorians to get to know their coastal environments.”

Victoria’s coastal areas are delicate and can be significantly affected by introduced plants and animals, as well as human behaviours.

Participants in Summer by the Sea activities learn how to care for coastal environments so that these areas can be protected for generations to come.

The program is run by Coastcare Victoria and supported by volunteers, land managers, conservation agencies and the Andrews Labor Government.

Anyone who has a special need and is interested in taking part in Summer by the Sea events, is encouraged to contact Coastcare Victoria to discuss how they can take be involved.

The website, www.summerbythesea.vic.gov.au, provides a simple way to find and register for events.

Some activities are already booked out and places are filling up fast in other activities.