Sur­veys re­veal data about aquatic species

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

The Fortes­cue River.

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