Free research trip to Curtis Island to study seagrass
FOR anyone who has ever said something needs to be done to protect our environment, here is your chance.
A researcher from CQUniversity has put a call out to the community to help protect seagrasses, an essential part of the food web, in Gladstone Harbour.
She's offering hands-on experience planting and monitoring the grasses combined with education and a few free trips on the Curtis Island Ferry.
Dr Emma Jackson has been studying seagrasses in Gladstone since 2013. She said over the past 10 years seagrasses have declined 50-70%, but last year there was a slight increase.
"Now is the perfect time to get involved and actually learn for yourself instead of just being told what is happening out there," Dr Jackson said.
"This year the bureau (of meteorology) have predicted an El Nino year with a hot summer and less storms which is great for seagrass. It means there's a greater chance the transplants will survive."
Dr Jackson applied for funding from three organisations and was shocked to find all three - the Ian Potter Foundation, the Norman Wettenhall Foundation and the Fitzroy Basin Association - approved her requests.
Her success is based on the commitment to involve a large group of people in a long-term plan to make a real difference.
"This sort of work needs to be done on a large scale and in other areas they have found it sustainable using local people."
The information session is the first step to get involved.
When: August 20, 6pm
Where: Martin Hanson Building, CQUniversity Marina Campus
More info email emma. firstname.lastname@example.org