Mangrove monitoring season is back!
Become a MangroveWatch Volunteer and register for our 2021 Training Workshop
About the training: Join the Cairns MangroveWatch crew. Come along to the volunteer training day to get skilled up on the videographic method so you can record data on our local estuaries and shorelines. In this training session, we will spend a few hours in the morning at CAFNEC to learn about what to do and the equipment, and half a day cruising Trinity Inlet getting the hands-on low-down on how to be a MangroveWatcher. No prior skills needed.
When: Saturday 8th May 8:30 am – 4.30 pm
Who: Jock Mackenzie, Mangrove Specialist from EarthWatch Australia
Morning classroom session 8:30 – 11.30 at Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns
Afternoon hands-on boat session location TBC ~12 – 4.30 pm
Cost: Free but spaces strictly limited due to boat capacity so please register via form below ASAP.
Details: Simple lunch provided, BYO snacks, water bottle hat and sunscreen.
Contacts: Cory Tiger – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Sinchak – email@example.com
Register via this form: Please note due to boat capacity we may not be able to take everyone on the water in the afternoon. Alex will be in touch with you via email to confirm your place.
MangroveWatch 2021 Training Day
The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) are grateful to have received funding from the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC), The State of Queenlsland and Cairns Regional Council to get this project going. We’d also like to thank project supporters Reef Blitz, Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre for their assistance.
If a mangrove falls into the sea, and nobody is watching, does anybody care? The question is what if someone was watching?! MangroveWatch is a citizen-science partnership between communities, scientists and resource-managers to document changes in local mangrove habitats and inform better management of estuaries (see: www.mangrovewatch.org.au). Information about the health of shoreline ecosystems is urgently needed to inform better mangrove management and help protect North Queensland’s estuaries and tidal wetlands from unintended development pressures coupled with the impacts of global climate change.
Mangroves are indicators of environmental impact and the health of waterways: by collecting baseline data on the health of mangroves in the Cairns Region we can monitor the ecosystem over time. The MangroveWatch program is designed to be run by members of the community, who actively collect the data via. video shoreline assessment, as well as visual assessment. MangroveWatchers record mangrove habitat condition by filming mangrove shorelines using the Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM). The S-VAM imagery is a geotagged visual record of shoreline habitat condition that can be directly compared over time. Using the S-VAM data, the JCU MangroveWatch partners map mangrove condition and identify hot-spots of change and priorities for on-ground investment in rehabilitation and management. All MangroveWatch imagery will be uploaded to TropWater JCU’s ‘ShoreView’ platform that will allow anyone to drop down, take a cruise along an estuary and check out the mangroves (like Google street view, but for estuaries).
There are 12 established MangroveWatch citizen science groups across Australia, including the one in Moreton Bay. Developed by TropWater at JCU Townsville these community groups are recording long-term data by conducting assessments in estuaries annually or bi-annually. Currently, no groups are monitoring between Rockhampton in south east Queensland and Princess Charlotte Bay in Cape York leaving a huge gap on the east coast of Australia. The part of the coast that the Cairns region is nestled within support some of the most diverse mangroves in the country. And who knows, there maybe another new mangrove species out there waiting to be found!