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Scientists converge on Cairns to talk about emerging waterway issues

The health of Wet Tropics waterways will be under the spotlight next month when scientists and environmental managers converge on Cairns to talk about issues ranging from microplastics to climate change. The inaugural ‘Emerging Issues in Waterway Health Forum’, hosted by Wet Tropics Waterways, aims to raise awareness of new issues that are impacting waterways…
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Electrofishing: Scientists Gather More Fish Data

Scientists from the Queensland Government have recently been undertaking fish surveys in several Wet Tropics basins to add to future Wet Tropics Report Cards. The fish index is one of three key indices required to properly assess waterway health in the Wet Tropics basins. In the report card, our annual assessment of waterway health uses…
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Waterways Graded Good, Offshore Coral Declines

Over 80 per cent of freshwater rivers and estuaries have received ‘good’ or ‘very good’ grades in the latest Wet Tropics Report Card. The news is also good for inshore coral with improvements in all zones, but offshore coral has declined substantially as the effects of mass bleaching events in 2016-17 and increasing crown-of-thorn starfish…
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Nitrogen & the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and was World Heritage listed in 1981. It is important for food, medicine and the economy, with its value as an asset being estimated to be $56 billion. But it is also under threat from climate change, severe weather events, over-fishing…
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