Wetlands study to gauge reef health
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.