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Episode 3: Bess Murphy (CAFNEC) Mangrove Watch In FNQ

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Episode Description

In Episode 3 of "Reef and Rivers" we talk to Bess Murphy from CAFNEC about the importance of mangroves and how the wet tropics community is helping scientists to gather vital data about the health of these systems.

Waterways of the wet tropics region boasts some of the most diverse mangrove systems in Australia. These communities are vital to the health of our waterways, filtering sediments and other contaminants from surface runoff, sequestering carbon, trapping nutrients and protecting the coastline from storm surges.

Despite this vital role, the wet tropics has lagged behind other parts of Australia when it comes to monitoring both current condition and long-term trends in the health of our mangrove systems. CAFNEC was been at the forefront in establishing a mangrove monitoring program for Trinity Inlet and the Barron River and in supporting other citizen science organisations interested in mangrove health.

Like other Mangrove Watch programs around Australia, the Cairns chapter relies on volunteers and citizen scientists to undertake monitoring, with scientists from Tropwater assisting with the processing and interpretation of data.

More information on the Cairns Mangrove Watch program is available by visiting the CAFNEC website.

Note: As a citizen science program, Mangrove Watch has been supported financially by State Government and Cairns Regional Council funding. CAFNEC is currently seeking to secure further funding to ensure that the mangrove watch program will continue into the future. Local businesses and philanthropists who are interested in supporting this program should contact Bess Murphy at CAFNEC for more information.

Podcast Timestamps

01:38   Why are mangrove systems important to our waterways?
03:37   What are the adaptations that mangroves use to survive in estuarine systems?
05:25   Find out about the Wet Tropics mangrove communities - how are they different?
06:11    How does our monitoring of mangrove health in the wet tropics stack up?
09:08  Who is responsible for mangrove monitoring in the Wet Tropics region and elsewhere?
10:25  What is mangrove watch all about?
11:10   How is mangrove watch monitoring done?
13:29  Who funds the mangrove watch program?
14:26  How can everyday people get involved in Mangrove watch?
15:59  What can we as community members do to help protect mangrove communities?

Episode 2: Prof Steve Turton – 2018 Waterway Health Results


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Episode Description

In Episode 2 of "Reef and Rivers" Greg Vinall chats with the Independent Chairman of the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership, Professor Steve Turton about the 2018 results and what they're telling us.

The 2018 Wet Tropics Report Card draws on data collected during the monitoring period from July 2016 to June 2017. This is the third consecutive data collection period that coincided with below average rainfall across the region and Greg and Steve talk about how this affects the Report Card scores for 2018 and how it bodes for the future of waterway health in the region.

Podcast Timestamps

01:00   What the Wet Tropics Report Card is, and why it's important.
02:50   How the Report Card will be used
05:45   The results for 2018
06:35   Marine indicators and results
08:30   The connection between land-use and crown of thorns starfish
09:35   The reason marine inshore scores are low in 2018
11:55   Expectations for the 2019 Wet Tropics Report Card
12:55   Effect of the 2018 major rainfall event on waterway health
15:05   On-ground actions in the region and the impact on waterway health
17:05   How to get involved with the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership
17:45   How to get a Report Card or get in touch with us

Episode 1: Reef And Rivers Podcast Series

"Reef and Rivers" is a weekly podcast series that examines and showcases the activities and initiatives of the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership in addressing the key waterway health issues across the region. In this episode Partnership Manager Greg Vinall explains why the podcast was created and what to expect from future episodes.

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