This scenic and informative trip north of Brisbane will explore five fish habitat restoration projects in a range of coastal ecological communities including a number of innovative designs for fish habitat restoration achieved through collaborative partnerships with Traditional Owners, community groups, government, researchers and a regional NRM group. We will visit Hays Inlet saltmarsh restoration project at Redcliffe, a subtidal shellfish habitat restoration project at Pumicestone including reefs made from a biopolymer used for the first time in Australia and other projects where coir log designs are assisting the recovery of mangroves at Golden Beach and the Maroochy River. On the Noosa River you will see and hear about some unique designs assisting intertidal shellfish reef restoration. A boat trip on the exquisite Pumicestone Passage with a view of the Glasshouse Mountains across the water will be just one of the highlights of this journey.
Site 1 - Hays Inlet Conservation Park, Clontarf
Saltmarsh rehabilitation project walk and talk with Redcliffe Environment Forum and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Site 2 – Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
Cruise from Pacific Harbour to discuss Pumicestone Shellfish Habitat Restoration Project as we travel over the subtidal project site up to midden heaps at White Patch. Morning tea on board. Project partners speaking on board will include Healthy Land and Water, OzFish, Joondoburri and Kabi Kabi people, and The University of Sunshine Coast. Topics include cultural significance of shellfish, fish habitat connectivity and fish mapping, refs deployed including biopolymer used for first time in Australia.
Site 3 – Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast
Visit mangrove restoration project TS Onslow Navy Cadets with project partners including Mangrovewatch, Take Action on Pumicestone Passage, Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation and Healthy Land and Water.
Site 4 - Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast
Visit mangrove rehabilitation adjacent to canefields. Walk and talk with Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation
Site 5 – Tewantin, Noosa
Visit intertidal shellfish reef restoration at Tewantin with Noosa Biosphere and The University of Sunshine Coast.
Return to UQ.
Cost: $55 per person. Includes travel, packed morning tea and lunch and restoration guides.
Date and time: Friday 28th September 08:00 – 18:00. Depart and return from/to UQ.