Wet­lands study to gauge reef health

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SIX reef catch­ment wet­lands ar­eas in North Queens­land have been se­lected as sites for re­search into the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The Queens­land- wide project will as­sess 50 of the state’s 100 reef catch­ment wet­lands through to 2018.

In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch said there were also 19 sites in Cen­tral Queens­land, 10 in Cape York, five in Far North Queens­land and 10 in Wide Bay Bur­nett.

“The as­sess­ments are vi­tal in help­ing us un­der­stand the pres­sures on nat­u­ral fresh­wa­ter wet­lands within the catch­ments and by as­so­ci­a­tion the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef,” she said. “Wet­lands are vi­tal for the pro­tec­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef as they re­duce the im­pact of sed­i­ment run- off.”

The pro­gram is track­ing progress to­wards one of the im­por­tant tar­gets of the Reef 2050 Plan, which will re­ceive more than $ 3.5 mil­lion in fund­ing over eight years.

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