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Ocean Health

Underwater Landscapes of Queensland’s Islands

Can the dugongs, dolphins, and sea turtles of Moreton Bay survive Brisbane’s boom? Help scientists find out.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Moreton Bay is one of the Australia’s most hospitable places for the dugong, a vulnerable marine mammal.

Moreton Bay matters to Australia’s iconic animals and its people. Help keep it healthy.

The capital city of Brisbane sits about 14 kilometers from the ocean at Moreton Bay. Pollutant from the city and the rural areas around it enter the bay through the Brisbane River. This decreases water quality in the bay, which threatens sea grass and small insects and crustaceans, which means less food for larger animals like dugongs.

Earthwatch volunteers on the research boat.

Earthwatch volunteers on the research boat.

It also means fewer resources for the people who live near the bay. Moreton Island, which has protected status as a national park, draws tourists with its abundant wildlife and beautiful beaches. Fishing is also a big industry. If pollution and coastal development is allowed to destroy the area’s natural resources, many livelihoods are at stake.

To protect the bay and its wildlife, researchers need more information on the effects of coastal development and pollution. That’s where you come in. You’ll collect the environmental data needed to develop a clear conservation management to plan for this precious marine ecosystem.

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Moreton Bay, Australia, Australia & South Pacific

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James
Udy
Chief Scientist at Healthy Waterways

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