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Marine Debris, so where does it come from?

By Heidi Taylor – Tangaroa Blue Foundation Marine debris is pollution that affects almost every waterway, beach and ocean around the world, but when we start to look at what marine debris is actually made from and where it comes from, there’s not just one simple answer or solution. That’s what inspired Tangaroa Blue Foundation …

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Enough is enough – The common threat of port expansion

By Wendy Tubman, Coordinator North Queensland Conservation Council When Townsville’s port was established back in 1864, it catered for small ships that plied largely up and down the east coast.  It was in a large but well-sheltered bay, with a large river supplying water for the town growing up around the port and a rich …

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Cairns port expansion threatens to undermine our bay.

By Josh Coates, Marine Programs Officer   With the ‘Cairns shipping development proposal’ environmental impact statement (EIS) set for release in March or April of 2014 now is a good time to examine the threat the proposed port expansion poses to our marine environment. What is proposed? Ports North proposes to widen the existing outer …

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Local frog populations in trouble

By Deborah Pergolotti, FrogSafe   Prior to cyclone Yasi, local frogs appeared to be making a small comeback.  It was the first time in 13 years that numbers actually improved a little, particularly for the Graceful tree frog.  However, Yasi did something to “biologically clear-fell” the place and even toads disappeared from my area for …

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Great Barrier Reef – World Hertitage in Danger?

Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment released for public comment Josh Coates, Marine Programs Officer Concerned about poor health of the reef and deteriorating water quality, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee hasover recent years raised concerns about the future of this World Heritage listed site, even considering listing the Great Barrier Reef as World Heritage ‘in …

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Daintree protest a catalyst for change

Bill Wilkie To prevent people from destroying the coast at Cape Tribulation in 1982 a group of eight residents, many of them members of the Cape Tribulation Community Council (CTCC) took matters into their own hands.  They were concerned about the degradation of the delicate rainforest bordering the beach resulting from people chopping down trees …

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Cape York Updates

Cape York Regional Plan – have your say! The Queensland Government has just release the draft Cape York Regional Plan. Under the current draft the there is a proposal to ban open cut and strip mining across 32% of the region in zones designated as Strategic Environmental Areas(in addition to the 15% of existing National …

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A Busy Time for Coastal Wildlife

By Dr Martin Cohen (Wild about Australia) With the weather now quite hot and humid, and the first sign of good rains just around the corner, it is time for wildlife to invest in the next generation. On land, birds of all shapes and sizes are busy nesting and rearing chicks. Large numbers of hanging …

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Centre Report

By Anna McGuire, Coordinator.  This edition we’re celebrating the beauty and diversity of life in the far north. From seagrasses to the weeping paperbark, pied-imperial pigeons to the opal cling-gobi, our region is full of so many intriguing species. We invite you to read on and join us in finding out a bit more about …

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Seagrass beds at record low – could the port expansion push them over the edge?

By Xanthe Rivett and Josh Coates, Marine Programs Officer The importance of seagrasses as critical elements of coastal ecosystems is well recognised. Seagrass/algae beds have been rated the third most valuable ecosystem globally (on a per hectare basis) for ecosystem services. They are highly responsive to water quality and are considered as excellent ‘canary in …

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