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Kabi Kabi partner with mangrove watchers

Sean Fleischfresser helps with the dating of old Grey mangrove trees on Maroochy Estuary for MangroveWatch project
Sean Fleischfresser helps with the dating of old Grey mangrove trees on Maroochy Estuary for MangroveWatch project

Over the last 18 months the mangrove and saltmarsh communities along the Maroochy and Mooloolah estuaries have been under the spotlight.

Members of Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation have been working with Professor Norm Duke and Jock McKenzie of MangroveWatch.

Substantial support from the Queensland Government has enabled these groups to record and monitor the condition and extent of mangroves and saltmarsh in these areas.

Through the use of a boat and video imaging, the condition of these important wetland and tidal communities has been captured.

These recordings are now being analysed and collated by MangroveWatch and a report will be available soon.

Such information provides a baseline or historical scenario that can be visited again with future condition assessments of the Maroochy and Mooloolah Estuaries to help track and manage any detrimental changes to our local rivers.

Such projects support local Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners and historically connected Aboriginal People to work with MangroveWatch, Healthy Land & Water, together with the south east Queensland 'Saltmarsh for Life'.

Activities also included recording of Aboriginal sites and the vulnerable Water mouse nests, weed control at Twin Waters West and dating of significant and old Grey mangroves.

In addition thousands of mangrove seedlings have been planted at various sites; while a separate historical review of the changes in the extent of the Maroochy River mangrove communities, has been undertaken by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Plans are underway to monitor fish biodiversity and shellfish health at the Maroochy River oyster lease.

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