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Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:26 Written by Administrator Monday, 09 February 2015 20:25

Saibai island large avicennia marina

Torres Strait MangroveWatch Team with large Avicennia Marina

The Torres Strait MangroveWatch team on Saibai Island have located large Avicennia marina trees scattered within mangrove areas on the western end of the island.

There are at least 100 trees of this size at this location. Their age you corresponds with local stories of when there was a village nearby at Surum. These trees were used for protection and look out points for PNG raiders and have been the highest trees on Saibai at location at the time.

Torres Strait MangroveWatch plan to GPS these trees next dry season as it is a significant cultural site and an important ecological site for these species.

To learn more about the project please contact the Project Manager Land at Torres Strait Regional Authority

For more information or to contact the Torres Strait group visit Torres Strait MangroveWatch.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:34 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:26

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.

Mangrove Watch Noosa style Mangrove Watch Noosa style

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.

Mangrove Watch Noosa style Mangrove Watch Noosa style

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.

If you would like to join the Mangrove Watch team, contact NICA This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ph. 54499650; 0417554905

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:42 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:26

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.

Mangrove Watch Noosa style Mangrove Watch Noosa style

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.

Mangrove Watch Noosa style Mangrove Watch Noosa style

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.

If you would like to join the Mangrove Watch team, contact NICA This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ph. 54499650; 0417554905

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:37 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:25

Mangrove Mania Hits Noosa!

Twenty volunteers from the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) and scientists from The University of Queensland spent Saturday 16 April 2011 in a training day to learn the video assessment technique known as “MangroveWatch in Action”. The project involves annually monitoring the health of estuarine mangroves and saltmarsh in tidal wetlands of the Noosa River. Dr Norm Duke and PhD student Jock McKenzie provided an overview of the aims of the program and hands-on learning with the equipment required to take a continuous video recording of the estuary bank for analysis. Changes over time will provide a valuable indication of the health of the mangroves and the estuary as a whole.

NICA workshop camera training

MangroveWatch is a science/community partnership funded by the “Caring for Our Country Community Coastcare Project” an initiative of the Federal Government.

Volunteers learnt about the rich biodiversity and biomass of mangroves and that Australia has among the most extensive in the world. These highly beneficial coastal habitats are also the most pristine, but should not be taken for granted. Growing pressures of human influences, like our population shift to the SE corner of Queensland, coupled with global climate change are beginning to show. Participation by local communities is vital to watch over the valuable mangrove wetlands.

Practice with the equipment on the NICA boat will be undertaken by volunteers in the next few weeks and further training days are planned for mid-year to ensure that the material provided produces the most accurate recordings. Mapping is being undertaken to divide the river banks into manageable sections for the five teams of volunteers to record.

Testing skills learnt in Workshop in the NICA boat

A celebratory lunch was held at noon to mark the opening of the new NICA office at the Tewantin Marina where everyone agreed that the site provides a high profile location for NICA to promote its role and also boat access for the MangroveWatch and River Ranger activities. The volunteers agreed that day was very valuable and a great way to do something positive for the Noosa we all love. There is room other interested volunteers to join the program. Just ring NICA on 5449 9650 to find out more.

Carole Micallef, NICA MangroveWatch

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:42 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:25

Mangrove Mania Hits Noosa!

Twenty volunteers from the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) and scientists from The University of Queensland spent Saturday 16 April 2011 in a training day to learn the video assessment technique known as “MangroveWatch in Action”. The project involves annually monitoring the health of estuarine mangroves and saltmarsh in tidal wetlands of the Noosa River. Dr Norm Duke and PhD student Jock McKenzie provided an overview of the aims of the program and hands-on learning with the equipment required to take a continuous video recording of the estuary bank for analysis. Changes over time will provide a valuable indication of the health of the mangroves and the estuary as a whole.

NICA workshop camera training

MangroveWatch is a science/community partnership funded by the “Caring for Our Country Community Coastcare Project” an initiative of the Federal Government.

Volunteers learnt about the rich biodiversity and biomass of mangroves and that Australia has among the most extensive in the world. These highly beneficial coastal habitats are also the most pristine, but should not be taken for granted. Growing pressures of human influences, like our population shift to the SE corner of Queensland, coupled with global climate change are beginning to show. Participation by local communities is vital to watch over the valuable mangrove wetlands.

Practice with the equipment on the NICA boat will be undertaken by volunteers in the next few weeks and further training days are planned for mid-year to ensure that the material provided produces the most accurate recordings. Mapping is being undertaken to divide the river banks into manageable sections for the five teams of volunteers to record.

Testing skills learnt in Workshop in the NICA boat

A celebratory lunch was held at noon to mark the opening of the new NICA office at the Tewantin Marina where everyone agreed that the site provides a high profile location for NICA to promote its role and also boat access for the MangroveWatch and River Ranger activities. The volunteers agreed that day was very valuable and a great way to do something positive for the Noosa we all love. There is room other interested volunteers to join the program. Just ring NICA on 5449 9650 to find out more.

Carole Micallef, NICA MangroveWatch

 

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