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Mercury in fish
Limit intake of fish containing high levels of mercury
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Mercury in fish
Fish is an important part of a healthy diet providing many nutritional benefits. However, some varieties of fish (commercially available or caught recreationally) may contain high levels of mercury.
Pregnant women and women planning pregnancy, and children under 6 years should limit the number of servings they eat of fish containing ...
Last updated on 7 Dec 2017
Reusing and recycling water
Reusing and recycling alternative water supplies is a key part of reducing the pressure on our water resources and the environment. Helping us adapt to climate change and population growth. When considering alternative water supplies, you should choose the most appropriate water source, taking into account end use, risk, resource and energy requirements.
Further information is available on the following alternative water supplies and the framework for their use:
Last updated on 18 Jan 2018
Ballast water is water carried in ships’ ballast tanks to improve stability, balance and trim. It is taken up or discharged when cargo is unloaded or loaded, or when a ship needs extra stability in foul weather.
When ships take on ballast water, plants and animals that live in the ocean are also picked up. Discharging this ballast water releases these organisms into new areas where they can become marine pests.
Commonwealth takes over of domestic ballast water regulation on 8 Sept...
Last updated on 13 Sep 2017
Protecting Victoria’s waters
Healthy water is essential to sustain the many demands that we as a community place on our water environments. Without it we could not drink or grow agricultural products, nor do many things that support our wellbeing and economy – what we label beneficial uses of water.
Safeguarding our water environments can not be achieved by one organisation or a few individuals alone. We all impact on water environments through everyday activities so we must all work together to better manage ou...
Last updated on 30 Jul 2012
Victoria’s water environments
Victoria’s water environments are diverse and are among our most valuable assets. They are home to a huge variety of creatures, from tiny plankton to fish, dolphins, birds and whales, including some that are unique to our state and others that migrate to Victoria each year from across the globe.
Estuaries are where rivers meet the sea. They undergo substantial salinity change due to the mixing of fresh water with seawater. They may be permanently or periodi...
Last updated on 1 Dec 2016
Victoria’s marine environments
Victoria has a diverse range of marine environments that range from the cool productive waters in the south west of the state to the warmer subtropical waters along east coast, with many bays, estuaries and ecologically-important environments in between.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help protect the marine environment for the benefit of people and other living things.
EPA works to protect the marine environment through:
year-round water quality monitoring at fixed marin...
Last updated on 20 Apr 2016
Threats to Victoria’s water environment
Water is essential to life. We all use it and all impact on its quality and quantity.
Human use of Victoria’s land and water resources has affected the health of our water environments to an extent that threatens the very features that make them so attractive and valuable.
While some of our water environments are in largely natural condition, others are becoming saltier or have higher than natural silt and nutrient levels. Algal blooms and pest plants and animals are common indicators o...
Last updated on 26 Jul 2012
Latest air quality
Last updated on 24 Aug 2016
Smog is a problem in most large cities. It is caused by emissions from industry, motor vehicles, domestic wood combustion and other sources, accumulating under certain meteorological conditions.
The term smog was first used during the 1950s to describe a mixture of smoke and fog. EPA can forecast days when smog will be a problem, and will issue appropriate alerts when necessary....
Last updated on 20 May 2015
Melbourne’s air quality
Melbourne’s air quality has improved since the 1980s. Compared with similar cities in other countries, our air quality is relatively good. Particle pollution is currently the major issue needing attention, although other pollutants such as ozone are also of concern. Air quality is consistently ranked by the community as an important environmental issue.
Measuring improvement in air quality
When EPA began air monitoring in Melbourne and Geelong in 1973, air pollution was getting worse. We s...
Last updated on 7 Jan 2016