Surveys reveal data about aquatic species
Rangelands NRM has teamed up with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to conduct biological surveys on wetlands and clay pan areas throughout the Pilbara.
The survey, funded by Pilbara Corridors through the Australian Government, is unveiling information about rare aquatic species that can be found only in the Pilbara.
Adrian Pinder of the Depart- ment of Parks and Wildlife said the project aimed to conserve the Pilbara’s unique aquatic fauna.
“The aim is to better understand the distribution of the flora and fauna in those clay pan type wetlands, in order to provide advice to the surrounding stations and Rangelands NRM about which combination of wetlands has the highest conservation value, so you can focus your management efforts on those,” he said.
Pilbara Corridors program manager Ian Cotton said the rare species found in the Pilbara were important to preserve.
“The species certainly play a part in a healthy environment and ecosystem,” he said.
“They’re very much part of the hydrological systems through the Pilbara and they’re also part of the food source for a lot of water birds and other insects and aquatic fauna.
“Without them the systems could suffer and therefore could become degraded.”
The Fortescue River.