Moore than just good data

The great work continues at the Moore River, where community monitoring with NACC’s Healthy Estuaries project continues.

For the last monitoring session for the year, collaboration was the name of the game when Jurien Bay and Guilderton locals joined forces to share their experience and knowledge.

Ron Snook, who also volunteers with Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group, was unable to attend the recent Hill River estuary monitoring and jumped at the opportunity to learn from “seasoned” estuary monitoring volunteers Linda and Bob Johnson from Friends of Moore River Estuary.

Ron Snook of Jurien Bay teams up with Linda Johnson to undertake estuary monitoring at Guilderton.
Ron Snook of Jurien Bay teams up with Linda Johnson to undertake estuary monitoring at Guilderton.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said: “The human component of Healthy Estuaries is just as important as the data we are collecting. Getting people out into nature, learning about the estuarine environment and connecting with other people is what makes this such a great project.”

Estuary monitoring for the Hill and Moore Rivers kicks off again in February 2017 and NACC will continue to support estuary monitoring volunteers to collaborate and learn from each other. “Estuary monitoring volunteers have a critical role in ensuring our estuaries are looked after. Without them we are missing out on a lot of important information about these systems.”

To become an estuary monitoring volunteer contact Hamish Longbottom on 0448 459 127 or 9652 0872.

This project was made possible through Coastwest funding from the West Australian Department of Planning and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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