The Friendly Bay Islander - Dec 18, 2013 06:09

Island Residents Aid Mangrove Research

The group at work off Macleay Island
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Some Macleay an Russell Island residents are playing a considerable role in important mangrove research.

Wildlife Queensland coordinates seagrass and mangrove monitoring by volunteers – Citizen Scientists - in the South East Queensland area. Wildlife Queensland provides training, equipment and support for volunteers wishing to participate.

The monitoring program provides important data that identifies changes in the marine environment and helps guide investment in natural resource management programs.

Monitoring is carried out three times per year. There is one site on Macleay Island which has been monitored by the same team for four years.

Recently the Bay Island Conservation Group had their training day for future monitoring of a site on Russell Island.

If you are interested and wish to register for the program please register online at http:www.seagrasswatch.org/register.html