Mangrove Watching in Moreton Bay (Quandamooka)

Globally, Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage are unique aquatic environments, supporting a rich variety of aquatic habitats and species, from seagrass meadows, coral beds, fish and crustaceans, to turtles and dugongs. Source: State of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay and Waterways, 1996

The mangrove swamps possess an extraordinary number of stunningly beautiful animals, each playing an important role in the healthy functioning of the swamps. Source: Wild Guide to Moreton Bay, 1998

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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.

Moreton Bay Mangrove watchers at work

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.

Surveying mangroves in Moreton Bay

"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

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Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Donations & Sponsorships

MangroveWatch Ltd is a registered charitable company in Australia. To achieve its goals and those of community participants, the program relies on funding and sponsorships to keep things going.

Donations and Sponsorships will be acknowledged on this site.

We need support for:

  • Community volunteers for small vessel hire and fuel
  • Field kits - costing up to $AUD3,000 each
  • Promotional items and awards such as T-Shirts and hats
  • Website maintenance
  • Computers and support for shoreline assessments by the Mangrove Hub

If you can assist any any way then contact us at the Mangrove Hub

MangroveWatch Handout

You can download our fact and information sheet to get more information about the MangroveWatch program.

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure