Most of the research undertaken in the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways is either project based research or monitoring required as a condition of industry activity. This has resulted in a considerable wealth of knowledge about the waterway. An important task for the Collaboration is to integrate this information into clear messages about the condition of the waterway.
Pulling research and monitoring into a regularly updated overview of waterway condition is an important task for the Collaboration. To this end, the Collaboration aims to produce:
- A comprehensive ‘State of the Waterway’ assessment every five years. The first of these was released in 2012.
- An annual ‘Waterway report card’. The first of these is scheduled for release on 2nd March 2016.
Currently available products are:
- Waterway Report Card (2016, 1MB – hard copies available on request)
- Watching out for the waterway (2014, 1MB )
- State of the Waterway snapshot (2013, 6.6MB)
- State of the Waterway full report (2012, 4.7MB)
- Data Inventory (2011, 1.5MB)
Monitoring programs cannot replace the qualitative value of local eyes and ears which are around the waterway every day. Important knowledge about our waterway is held in experiences of long term locals. The Collaboration is looking at ways to better account for local experience. Options being considered include:
- Encouraging locals to report sightings so that the Collaboration is aware of these experiences
- Developing an on-line community library of knowledge about the waterway
- Developing photographic monitoring opportunities
We also organise events (forums and conferences) to share showcase current knowledge of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary. Our program in 2015 covered topics including:
• D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration
• Marine Values
• Marine dispersal and connectivity
• Nutrients, Reefs, Fish Farming and Management
• Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
• Coastal Hazards
• Posters from Collaboration funding partners
“BENEATH THE SURFACE”
An underwater photographic exhibition “Beneath the Surface” showcasing life in the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways has been on display at our events. It is also available for loan for education purposes – it can be put on display at local events, schools and at the Marine Discovery Centre at Woodbridge.