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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:43 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:41

Biological Values

South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales, from Cape Byron to Fraser Island, is where the fauna of northern and southern Australia meet, forming unusual communities of both temperate and tropical animal and plant species. The unique geography of Moreton Bay that has allowed the development of many different habitats has, in turn, led to a remarkable biological diversity amongst the animals and plants. This may help to explain why there appears to be relatively large numbers of apparently indigenous species – about 27 species as so far known only from Moreton Bay.

There are two main centres of biological diversity – one is the inshore zone dominated by the estuaries and the other is the eastern region dominated by the ocean. The highest species diversity within Moreton Bay is centred around the northern end of Stradbroke Island and includes Myora, Peel, Bird and Goat Islands. This region has well-developed coral reefs and a mix of consolidated hard and muddy-sand bottoms.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:37 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:32

Natural Capital = Economic Opportunities

SEQ’s natural capital provides social and economic benefits through aquatic and terrestrial recreation, agriculture, commercial fishing and tourism. Waterway dependent industries add $5 billion dollars to the economy of SEQ.

While Moreton Bay comprises only 5% of the total Queensland coastline, it represents approximately 30% of the State’s recreational fishing effort and 15% of the State’s total commercial catch.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:28 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 01 May 2013 19:14

Mangrove Watch in Moreton Bay

MangroveWatch is a partnership between the scientific community and the general community – it’s ‘Citizen Science’ – the value of which is becoming more apparent.

MangroveWatch in Moreton Bay is bringing stakeholders together. Funding from the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country, OceanWatch Australia, SEQ Catchments and Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch enables volunteers to undertake training and collect data for scientific analysis. This increases the knowledge of the participants, awareness within the community and the quality of data available for decision-makers as the east coast of Australia continues to undergo profound and rapid change.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:02 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:43

Solo Shoreline Video Assessment

Surveying mangroves solo from a motorised kayak

Necessity is the mother of invention leading to a solo SVAM setup Bill Ellis has created for his kayak. To overcome the difficulty of getting into the many shallow sites around Tampa Bay, Bill has mounted the SVAM camera in a waterproof housing on an adjustable platform. Notes are recorded, including waypoint numbers, by speaking them aloud and retrieving them later. His only problem is zoom control; moving the boat towards or away from the shore is the only control of the field of view. We hear that further refinements are likely.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 21:59 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 17 May 2013 21:53

Saint Leo team monitoring mangrove health

BY JEROME R. STOCKFISCH

Published: April 26, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - They are the stinky trees. Mosquito factories. Barriers to our cherished water views.

But Florida’s mangroves are also valuable wetland habitats, coastal water filters, defenders against storm surge, and they help mute the effects of climate change.

A group from Saint Leo University in Pasco County is compiling a record of Tampa Bay’s mangroves, the tropical trees that thrive in saltwater at the edge of shore. Crews of faculty and students led by biology professor William Ellis have been recording the condition of the Tampa Bay shoreline with video and still cameras, global positioning devices and spoken and written anecdotal observations.

Read the full article in the Tampa Bay Tribune

 

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