Healthy estuaries, healthy people

Getting to know your estuary just became a much healthier experience – thanks to two new and very colourful additions to the NACC Coastal and Marine Program.
NACC Coastal and Marine team members Hamish and Vanessa put the kayaks to the test.
NACC Coastal and Marine team members Hamish and Vanessa put the kayaks to the test.

Thanks to funding from the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage’s Coastwest Grants Program, the Healthy Estuaries project now has access to a fancy pair of kayaks.
NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom said the benefit of having kayaks was that he could still conduct monitoring when water levels were really low.

“This means we can still capture data any time of year,” he said.

“Plus, a few people will now get to enjoy a bit of a work-out while they work.”

The kayaks will also be used for the Marine Debris project, allowing users to collect litter on rocky shores, groynes and marinas. This rubbish will be recorded and the data uploaded to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation database. Other future activities may include bird surveys and photomonitoring using NACC’s popular and useful Photomon app.

Photomon Project Officer Tegan giving “Marshmallow” a workout.
Photomon Project Officer Tegan giving “Marshmallow” a workout.

With acreditation safety training now under their belts, NACC staff are looking for interested community members to assist in these projects. A reasonable level of fitness is required and all volunteers will receive training and induction prior to participating.

“These kayaks will help us continue to deliver our project milestones, as well as providing an opportunity for community members to enjoy a new and exciting way of volunteering,” Hamish said.

To register your interest in volunteering in estuary monitoring or marine debris surveys by kayak, contact the NACC Coastal and Marine team

NACC’s Healthy Estuaries project is made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Department of Planning Lands and Heritage’s Coastwest grants program.

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