Moreton Bay Mangrove Watch - Working together to protect important shorelines
The Moreton Bay MangroveWatch crew comes from a wide variety of backgrounds but share a common interest – mangroves. Their collective interest in mangroves has resulted in good quality film, still shots, GPS readings and commentary relating to over 100 kilometers of mangroves in and around Moreton Bay during the last three months of 2012.
Who better to sum up what motivates and enthuses people to participate in MangroveWatch then some of the crew members themselves?
“There are two organisms on our planet that are very important and not enough has been fully studied. That is Mycota (fungi) and mangroves. Mangroves are 50 times better than rainforests. They take in 6 times the amount of carbon. They hold the banks together. Their root systems take out pollutants, they supply pollen for the pollinators, housing and food for fauna. 75% of QLD’s fish have their nurseries in mangroves. Lets look after them, and mangrove watching is a lot of fun and a great time out on our waterways, seeing lots of flora and fauna”. Geoff.
"Mangrove Watching - What a great way to get out on the water with some interesting like-minded people and explore the local waterways while doing something worthwhile for the environment!" Narelle.
“There's an ancient mangrove tree that stands, alone, out from the beach where I live. It mocks the storms, king tides and wild winds that have been trying to knock it down forever. I think of mangroves as survivors, hanging in for the greater good of life around them - working class heroes of the creeks and coast. Doing something to recognise and support all they do for us is a wonderful way to spend a few hours, in a happy boat, with caring people”. Peter
There are many more kilometres of mangroves that need monitoring – they need Geoff, Narelle, Peter . . . and they need you! With some basic training and the support from others you can be out there as a crew member monitoring a specific site three times a year; or, like some of our early recruits, you may like it so much you may put your hand up to monitor several sites.
MangroveWatch, which combines data collected by volunteers with analyses by the scientific community, is known as ‘Citizen Science’. It is quickly gaining credibility as a means of acquiring valuable information for use by natural resource managers and decision makers. So why not get onboard MangroveWatch Moreton Bay during 2013?
Contact Moreton Bay Mangrove Watch
TropWATER, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research,
James Cook University, Townsville