Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:24 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:01
Noosa Integrated Catchment Assoc (NICA) River Mangrove Watchers enjoy a day on the river while recording important scientific data.
Dr Norm Duke and Jock MacKenzie from the Mangrove Watch program, initiated at the University of Qld, visited the Noosa River Mangrove Watch volunteers from Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) on Thursday 18th August.
The NICA volunteers are just regular ‘joe public’- an unlikely mix of generations and professions who share the common interest of looking after the Noosa River.
The volunteers are filming 100km of the Noosa River banks to gather baseline data for the UQ scientists for analysis. Upon final analysis, the scientific team at the Mangrove Watch Hub will present the Noosa River “State of the Mangroves” Report Card, expected by March 2012.
The morning kicked off with review of footage to date and general discussion, followed by morning tea on the deck of the Noosa Marina. 10 participants then boarded the eco-friendly solar powered electric pontoon on a voyage to John’s Landing, gathering further footage of shorebank mangroves, wildlife and human impacts.
After lunch at one of the cafes at the marina, the film and other vital data were downloaded at the NICA office before Duke and MacKenzie were shown points of interest in regards to mangrove health around the Noosa Catchment. This included unique bridge design that has been applied in the catchment so as not to impede the natural hydrology of Noosa wetlands.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:39 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:28
Get Out and Conserve the Ocean with Jock Mackenzie
A series of 6 interviews with Jock Mackenzie and Andrew Lewin, founder of Speakupforblue.com discussing mangroves and what they are as well as the objectives and need for MangroveWatch.
Watch part 1, click on the links at the end of the video for parts 2 to 6.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:26 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:11
SA National Trust have nominated coastal mangroves as one of the top ten items of Heritage at Risk!
It is predicted that average sea levels in SA will rise by up to one metre as a result of climate change by 2100 (SA DENR). The survival of mangrove and saltmarsh communities locally and, in fact, world-wide will depend upon their capacity to colonise inland as waters rise. Existing developments (eg salt fields between Pt Adelaide and Pt Gawler) will prevent landward colonisation and cause extensive loss of these coastal ecosystems.
More immediately, mangrove and saltmarsh communities are at risk through coastal development. For example, proposed development on Torrens Island would inevitably have some impact on nearby mangrove and saltmarsh communities.
Read more about this important nomination of mangrove communities of Gulf St Vincent, Spencer Gulf and western Eyre Peninsula here Heritage at risk coastal wetlands Nominations
The Heritage at Risk 2011 fundraising event featuring guest speaker Hon Alexander Downer will be held Friday 19 August 2011 6-00pm at Ayers House, North Terrace Adelaide.
Please read the Heritage at risk fundraiser invitation if you are interested in attending.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:03 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:40
Waterhouse Prize for Natural History
Highly Commended Award Goes to Deirdre Bean
Artist Dierdre Bean was awarded a Highly Commended in Adelaide for her Xylocarpus granatum painting submitted for Waterhouse Prize for Natural History.
The exhibition runs from 15th July until the 4th September at the Museum of South Australia.
Here is a link to all the finalists. Waterhouse Prize for Natural History Finalists
Also by Dierdre Bean - hanging fruit of Heritiera littoralis.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 August 2011 13:57 Written by Mangrove Hub Saturday, 06 August 2011 13:53
Mangroves lift to economy
From the Northern Territory News - www.ntnews.com.au
MANGROVES may be the solution to boosting the Territory carbon, environmental scientists said.
Charles Darwin University lecturer Andrew Campbell said mangrove forests had a rich bank of carbon that might offer a new income stream.
He said the Territory was developing a model to measure "blue carbon" in the sediment under mangrove trees. A research team is studying the trees and tidal marshes in Darwin harbour. Indigenous communities and Asian fishing villages may cash in on the model.
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