Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 19:33 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 08 December 2009 00:00
Maroochy Mangroves are About to be Watched
8 December 2009, www.mysunshinecoast.com.au
A new program Mangrove Watch is set to roll out on the Maroochy River by Maroochy Waterwatch.
Cerran Fawns, Coordinator of Maroochy Waterwatch says, The oil spill in March highlighted just how much we don’t know about our mangrove communities. They are vital for fish habitat and breeding, but we don’t know really know their health status or anything about them on the Maroochy River.
The Mangrove Watch program will consist of detailed monitoring in areas of oil incursion and mapping of mangrove communities throughout the estuarine areas.
Ms Fawns added, The monitoring will be hard work but our volunteers are up for the challenge. We will basically be getting a snapshot of their current condition and comparing it in future years to see if we need to be addressing any issues. Video and photography will be overlayed with data from a global positioning system so that there is a photographic record of the mangrove health.
Volunteers from the River Patrol program will help gather the information by boat.
Glenn Bartley, Coordinator of the River Patrol program says, The volunteer crew are delighted to have a new project to get their teeth into.
Their much needed river rubbish pickup will still occur, but they will now have an additional focus on mangroves and will gain an understanding of mangrove ecology so as to be able to spot areas of declining health or other issues.
He added, “This project is very technical with terms like linear monitoring, PDA, GIS and GPS all being discussed. I think the crew are about to become amateur scientists”.
The methodology is yet to be trialed and it is envisaged that extra volunteers may be needed. If you would like to help out, call Maroochy Waterwatch on 54764777.
The program is supported by the Federal Governments Caring for Our Country Oil Spill Recovery program through SEQ Catchments and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.