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Methods

Organisation and Structure of Mangrove Watch

MangroveWatch is organized around a central Hub based at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia. The Hub is made up of researchers and student volunteers who analyze estuary footage, process information from River Keepers, initiate community outreach/engagement, and handle communication with the general public.

River Keepers are groups of volunteers based at regional nodes - Hervey Bay, Tin Can Bay, Bundaberg, and Burrum – who collect the data. The data collection includes footage of estuary banks, photos of the estuary, GPS tracks, and observational notes. A central coordinator is responsible for equipment kits and communication with the Hub.

Conceptual diagram showing the relationships and functioning of Mangrove WatchConceptual diagram showing the relationships and functioning of MangroveWatch

Group Affiliations

MangroveWatch does not rely on membership; instead it is a monitoring program and assessment methodology that can be adopted by existing conservation groups and associations.

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