Noosa River Mangrove Watch - Linking community and science to protect valuable mangrove ecosystems
A new NICA project funded by Caring for our Country Community Action Grants
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) has recently embarked on a novel community mangrove monitoring project in partnership with the University of Queensland ‘Mangrove Watch Hub’ www.mangrovewatch.org.au.
NICA’s Stephanie Haslam introduced the project to the community at the Noosa Mangrove Boardwalk on a very warm Saturday morning, 19th February, coinciding with one of the highest tides of the year. Indeed, as the tide raced in, surface flotsam was building up against the bearers while on the other side of the boardwalk a myriad of tiny fish amongst the mangrove roots was visible through clear water. Stephanie, author of Noosa’s Native Plants, has a special interest in mangrove systems, and has prepared a 7 species mangrove identification card especially for the Noosa River system, now available for river users.
The aim of Noosa River Mangrove Watch is to engage the local community in a science-based monitoring system resulting in an annual report card to inform planning & resource managers & the public. The Noosa River Mangrove Watch will be officially launched on the 16th-17th April 2011, when University of Queensland (UQ) mangrove experts, Dr Norm Duke and Mr Jock McKenzie, will present to the community a special information session about mangroves, as well as the project methodology and field trials. NICA, Duke and McKenzie hope that through community engagement and local knowledge, permanent visual records of the current mangrove and river bank ecosystems of the Noosa River will be used for future comparisons or land / resource planning purposes. They intend to achieve this by recording 100 kilometres of Noosa River mangrove systems on video and still camera while aboard the NICA Noosa River Rangers patrol, followed by submission of the footage to Mangrove Watch for analysis.
It is hoped that through this project local communities & all levels of government will gain increased knowledge & interest in the protection of mangrove ecosystems.
NICA is keen to hear from members of the community who:
- wish to attend the Noosa River Mangrove Watch official launch 16th-17th April
- local artists who would like to exhibit at the official launch artworks and photographs inspired by mangroves
- wish to become an active local “Mangrove Watcher”
- have an eco-friendly business and would like copies of the Noosa River Mangrove ID card
Contact Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc.
33 Thomas St, Noosaville
Tel/Fax: 07 5449 9650