Mangroves and Saltmarshes in the Media

Victoria's mangroves and saltmarshes under threat

Victoria's mangroves and saltmarshes are misunderstood by land managers, under-valued by the public and under threat from rising sea levels and coastal development, a major study has found.

Victoria University, 14 September 2011
Mangroves shield against climate change

Mangroves, which have declined by up to half over the past 50 years, are an important bulkhead against climate change, a study released yesterday has shown for the first time.
Sydney Morning Herald, AFP, April 4, 2011
Study: Mangroves are vital carbon store

The world's coastal mangrove forests are capable of storing more carbon than almost any other forest on Earth, U.S. government scientist say.
UPI, April 4, 2011
Blue Carbon: An Oceanic Opportunity to Fight Climate Change

Mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses soak up to five times more carbon than tropical forests, making their conservation critical
By Robynne Boyd March 10, 2011, Scientific American
Mangrove-strangling weed found in north Qld

The Mackay Regional Council in north Queensland says a new noxious weed has arrived in the area and can strangle mangroves and wetlands.

Sarah Gerathy, 11/2/2011
ABC News Online
Mangroves may get growth spurt from Queensland floods

MANGROVES may be the unlikely winners from Australia's recent floods, benefitting from the nutrient-rich sediment that was washed into their forests.

4 February 2011, New Scientist
A plucky parrot that weighs so little, but means so much

"The orange-bellied beauty is emblematic as we try to save threatened species."

"drainage of wetlands and destruction of saltmarsh for housing, industrial and agricultural development have degraded lands on which the birds once thrived."

Debbie Lustig, SMH
February 2, 2011
Study says conservation icons face regular climate extremes

Tropical and subtropical ecoregions - including some in northern Australia - and mangroves face extreme conditions earliest, with those in Africa and South America thought to be particularly vulnerable to even relatively small temperature increases, according to a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
January 25, 2011 By Bob Beal
physorg.com
Back at Burrill, Horrie laments a lame response

"He says public reserves previously used for passive recreation are turning into "stinking, muck-filled, mosquito-ridden, rat and snake infested marshland full of saltmarsh" and believes the Department of Primary Industries is largely to blame for introducing a new regulation making it illegal for saltmash areas to be harmed in any way, meaning they can no longer be maintained by council."

STUART CARLESS, 24 Nov, 2010 12:23 PM, Milton Ulladulla Times
National parks receive facelift

MORE than $80,000 has been spent on Conway and Cape Hillsborough national parks to improve the experience for tourists and locals.

“In Conway National Park, a $40,000 upgrade to Coral Beach walking track has delivered an improved walking track to provide accessibility year-round.

Daily Mercury, 18th November 2010
Mangroves plan is released Toni Mcrae, Fraser Coast Cronicle, 18th November 2010
Mangroves: a vital ecosystem in need KATH NIGHTINGALE, Australian Geographic NOVEMBER-9-2010
Werribee park taking shape

"To be developed over the next decade, the Werribee River Regional Park will stretch along the western banks of the river from the Maltby Bypass through to Werribee South, and feature wetlands, coastal saltmarsh and views of spectacular escarpments including the K Road cliffs. The site provides wetland habitat for a range of waterbirds protected under international wildlife treaties."
CAMERON TAIT
Wyndham Weekly
03 Nov, 2010
Pollies push for Corrie
"THE plight of Corrie Island was brought to the attention of federal parliament last week when member for Paterson Bob Baldwin called on the government to dredge the eastern channel of the Myall River."

"There are currently five threatened shorebird species on the RAMSAR listed island and one endangered ecological community: coastal salt marsh."
Myall Coast Nota, 27 Oct, 2010
Green groups criticise Kimberley marine parks

"environmental groups say the new marine parks - covering Eighty Mile Beach, Roebuck Bay, the north Kimberley coast and a whale-birthing haven at Camden Sound - are a farce, as they would still vulnerable to industry and the Kimberley coast not protected from petroleum exploration or commercial fishing."

"Together, the four new marine parks will protect the largest Humpback whale calving area in the southern hemisphere, some of the nation's largest mangrove communities, significant turtle nesting areas, extensive coral reefs, sponge gardens and the area's outstanding scenic values."
BY: VICTORIA LAURIE, Australian Geographic, OCTOBER-26-2010
First round of estuary projects complete

"Wyong Shire Council has been hard at work implementing the first round of on-ground works as identified through the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan (EMP)."

"Efforts to re-establish saltmarsh communities on the foreshores of our lakes have been completed in Berkeley Vale, Long Jetty and Lake Munmorah."
Media Release, Wyong Shire, 08/10/2010
Bob fights to save Norman Point

"BOB Irwin, renowned wildlife conservationist and founder of Australia Zoo, is calling on all Australians to lend their voice and help protect Tin Can Bay’s vitally important inhabitants."
The Gypmpie Times, 6th October 2010

Construction vs Conservation

"With the depletion of tropical mangroves along the East Coast of Australia, the economic and environmental issues associated with mangroves are a debatable topic between environmentalists and town planners. Studies show there is a decline in the number of Australian mangrove forests and that human intervention, in particular urban construction, is proving their number one threat."

By Emily Clarke, jcnn. digital media, Wed, 6 Oct 2010

Focus on wapentake wetlands

"CONSERVATION Volunteers Australia (CVA) ... conducted the Wapentake Wetlands Mangrove Workshop."

The Observer, 28th September 2010
River habitat gets a boost

Landholders along the Karuah River on the mid North Coast of NSW have been successfully involved in a fish habitat rehabilitation project.
Fishing World, 28 Sep 2010

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary 20th Year Anniversary

The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary will mark its second decade as a key environmental contributor maintaining and preserving the Coast’s extensive wildlife.

mysunshinecoast.com.au
New Satellite Data Reveals True Decline of World’s Mangrove Forests Global Ecology and Biogeography, August 18, 2010
Saltmarsh Revealed in the Clarence Valley WetlandCare Australia, undated.

Mangrove Management Fund Opens

"Northland communities keen to better manage mangroves in their areas are being urged to apply for a share of a $135,000 local authority fund."

Scoop Independent News, New Zealand, 1 September 2010

PORT BOTANY EXPANSION SET IN CONCRETE

"Sydney Ports is investing $8 million in environmental works, including constructing an estuary lookout and a bird hide for migratory birds and expanding the salt marsh and seagrass habitats. Around 230,000 salt-marsh seedlings have also been planted."

Transport and Logistics News, undated.

Team Members Plant 500 Mangrove Trees

“The planting of the mangrove trees will aid in the preservation of the coastal environment in Bali and also ensure the sustainability of the people and communities that live here.”

eGlobal Travel News, August 31, 2010

Oceania Under 19s- more than rugby

"Advocating UN Millennium Development Goal 7, for environmental sustainability, the join forces of UN, MNRE, SAF, FORU, SRU and IRB have chosen Aleipata, a village that was severely damaged and destroyed by the devastating tsunami last year to regenerate mangrove areas in Lotupu’e and Malaela through planting Mangrove seedlings and regeneration activities. "

Federation of Oceania Rugby Union, August 30, 2010

Oil spill clean up moves to shoreline

"Newcastle Port officials will resume cleaning up an oil spill in the harbour today as RSPCA workers continue to care for sick birds".

"We have a team up in the north arm of the Hunter River continuing to pick up oil on beaches and in some mangrove areas".

1233 ABC Newcastle, August 30, 2010

Skidaway Institute scientists map salt marshes topography with a view from above

"Skidaway Institute professor Jack Blanton and two visiting scientists from the University of Lisbon (Portugal), Francisco Andrade and Adelaide Ferreira, are contributing to the understanding of salt marshes by using aerial surveys to improve the way they are mapped."

The Creative Coast Alliance, Michael Sullivan, Aug 26, 2010

Mangroves save river banks

"THE lack of mangroves along parts of the lower Manning is contributing to the damage caused to its riverbanks from faster leisure craft"

Manning River Times, HELEN MANUSU, 24 Aug, 2010

Midgie population on the rise with full moon

"Residents in Western Australia's Kimberley and Pilbara regions are being warned to avoid mangrove swamps as the full moon and high tides bring about the peak midgie season."

ABC Northwest WA, August 24, 2010

Port Botany expansion 'environmentally safe'

"The estuary enhancements involved successfully expanding of intertidal flats and shorebird roosting islands as well as extensive saltmarsh planting."

“Around 230,000 saltmarsh seedlings have been planted and are thriving as part of this initiative"

Transport and Logistics News, undated.
Earth Has 12% Fewer Mangroves Than Previously Thought, New Satellite Data Reveals Matthew McDermott, New York, NY, Treehugger, 18.08.10
Mangrove forests vanishing at an alarming rate, satellite images show Tehran Times, 23rd August 2010

Satellites show mangrove forest loss even worse than estimated
Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com, August 19, 2010
Conservationists angry over mangrove clearing 7pm TV News QLD, Monday, July 19, 2010
As Mangroves Die from Oil, U.S. Public Yawns Commentary by Nikolas Kozloff, special to mongabay.com June 03, 2010
Mangrove mystery dieback ABC Rural, QLD. By Neroli Roocke Monday, 10/05/2010
Half of Indonesia's mangroves gone in less than thirty years Jeremy Hance mongabay.com March 23, 2010
Coastal habitats may sequester 50 times more carbon than tropical forests by area Jeremy Hance mongabay.com November 16, 2009