Logan River mangroves under the spotlight

Logan River mangroves under the spotlight

Mangroves are great fish habitat, help keep Moreton Bay clean and protect our shorelines from erosion.

But, are mangroves in the Logan River healthy and doing their job?  What can you do to help them?  To find out, come along to Kimberley College, Carbrook on 19th August when scientists and citizen scientists will be “Putting a spotlight on mangroves”.

Trained, equipped and keen to gather data on riverine mangrove condition the citizen scientists, which included students from Logan schools and members of Wildlife Queensland Logan Branch, filmed 65 kilometres of the Logan and Albert Rivers.  The scientific analysis of this baseline data will be presented by JCU TropWater MangroveWatch scientists Jock Mackenzie and Dr Norm Duke who will enthuse you with a visually-compelling and information-packed presentation featuring imagery and other data captured by the crews.

Data will cover Logan and Redland Council areas, Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Jumpinpin Fish Habitat Area (FHA). The presentation will also include a historical perspective of Logan River mangroves, an update on current mangrove condition and options for shoreline rehabilitation.

The project received EnviroGrant funds from the Logan City Council and the Scientific Report will be shared with Council to inform their natural resource management.  Other project partners were the Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre who liaised with schools and provided vessels for the monitoring.

“Putting a spotlight on mangroves” will be held at Kimberley College, Krueger Road Carbrook.  Doors open at 5.30pm 19th August for networking with presentations commencing at 6.30pm and concluding by 9pm.

Come along for a scientific analysis presented in an easy-to-understand format, to learn of the multiple benefits provided by mangroves and to experience a blend of science and art from a diverse group of people with a similar interest.

“Putting a spotlight on mangroves” is part of activities for National Science Week, Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.  Now in its eighteenth year, National Science Week is one of Australia’s largest festivals, with last year’s programme offering over 1000 events throughout Australia, reaching an audience of over a million people.

National Science Week event details for 2015 can be found at http://www.scienceweek.net.au
More information or to connect with other Logan River MangroveWatch Project partners:  Debra Henry, WPSQ CCS debra.ann.henry@bigpond.com   0439 914 631






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