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National Marine NRM News

July 2019
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OceanWatch Australia at the 2019 Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference: Wetlands of the Future.

This year's meeting of the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network was
held at Monash University in Melbourne and attended by 58 delegates
including our Program Manager Simon Rowe. Of these, 1/3 were students, 18 were Non-University and included registrants from New Zealand and the
Philippines. This Community of Practice has been running for over ten years
with a host taking on the role of organising the annual get together on a
voluntary basis - to keep costs low, and the science bar high, and maintain a congenial atmosphere.

Simon shares the results of a poll he initiated with his presentation at the meeting.

"For me, this is a stark reminder that the science doesn't always translate into best practice management interventions, it's certainly worth a moment to think about and as a environmental repair sector we have a way to go towards improvement. Under our WetFEET program we aim to support that transition within Marine Community of Practices and on-ground managers of Land and water." 

WetFEET: This project is supported by OceanWatch Australia, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Get Involved & Do Your Bit

Redmap Queensland Branch Seeking Volunteers to Log Sightings

James Cook University scientists are recruiting people to train to log sightings of misplaced sea creatures after receiving new funding.

JCU’s Associate Professor Jan Strugnell runs the Queensland arm of the Range Extension Database and Mapping project (REDMAP).

“What it aims to do is reach as many citizen scientists as possible and engage them in logging their photos of ‘out-of-range’ species through the REDMAP app or online interactive website,” she said.

Dr Strugnell said an example of an ‘out-of-range species’ would be a barramundi sighted south of Bundaberg, or a spine-cheek clownfish sighted south of Cairns.

“We want the data to map which Australian marine species may be moving house in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming,” she said.

Learn more about Redmap here. 

Join A Cleanup

Last month, volunteers removed 40 tonnes of abandoned fishing nets from Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

During a 25-day expedition, volunteers with the California-based non-profit Ocean Voyages Institute fished out the derelict nets from a ocean gyre location where currents converge, between Hawaii and California, group founder Mary Crowley said. The cargo ship returned on June 18 to Honolulu, where two tonnes of plastic trash were separated from the haul of fishing nets and donated to local artists to transform it into artwork to educate people about plastic pollution. The rest of the refuse was turned over to a zero-emissions plant that will incinerate it and turn it into energy.

Read more on The ABC.

In The News

Kailis Fish Market Cafe is Being Relaunched as a Contemporary Seafood Market

"The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour stalwart will reopen with a new 80s-inspired look, dedicated raw bar and focus on underutilised fish and seafood. Also: hello uni waffles...Encouragingly, the new cafe will join the growing number of venues shining a light on traditionally underused, value-for-money species such as mullet, herring and garfish."

Read the article on Broadsheet. 

Photography: Thom Davidson, Source: Broadsheet

A new innovation to get fish past culverts

Fish need to move to find food, escape predators and reach suitable habitat for reproduction. Too often, however, human activities get in the way. Dams, weirs and culverts (the tunnels and drains often found under roads) can create barriers that fragment habitats, isolating fish populations. An Australian innovation, however, promises to help dwindling fish populations in Australia and worldwide.

Read more here.

Photo: Matthew Gordos

It's that time of year again - Plastic Free July!

The Plastic Free July Website has a wealth of resources, tips and tricks for plastics reduction in the home, workplace and community.

  • Try not to order home delivery from venues not offering a plastic-free delivery alternative, and take your own containers if you’re buying takeaway food.
  • Bulk buy food where possible (you'll save a lot of money!) – there’s a good directory of bulk foods stores here.
  • Choose to refuse single-use plastic products and packaging in your business.
  • Shop around for a local butcher, fishmonger or deli-counter who sell unpackaged items. Just remember to bring your own reusable container along when you go shopping.
For more, visit the Plastic Free July website.
Every year millions of people around the globe take part in the Plastic Free July challenge, choosing to refuse single-use plastics and drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste ending up as litter or going to landfill.
The Town of Bassendean in Western Australia is working towards a world without plastic. In this video they tell us about their efforts, benefits and achievements.

"I think it's important for councils because it's local. Sometimes people think the problem is too big, but every person can make a difference, and that is best organised at a local level."

Grants & Awards

Communities Environment Program

The Australian Government will invest more than $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community will focus on environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.
Read more and apply here.

Environment Restoration Fund

The Environment Restoration Fund is a program by The Australian Government that
focuses on three things:
  1. Protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitat.
  2. Protecting Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways by addressing erosion, improving water quality and protecting coastal threatened and migratory species.
  3. The clean-up, recovery and recycling of waste.
On-ground projects that aim to protect and restore Australia’s environment will be eligible to receive support under the Fund, including grants for one-off activities and multi-year programs worth several million dollars. Projects will be delivered by community groups, Indigenous organisations, conservation organisations, natural resource management bodies and others.

Read more here.

Australia Post Community Grants 2019

Not-for-profit community organisations are invited to apply for a 2019 Australia Post Community Grant, with funding of up to $10,000 available to each recipient.

The initiative aims to support projects and services that address locally identified needs that strengthen social connections and reduce barriers to participating in community life.

Eligible community organisations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant for up to $10,000 via Applications close on Sunday 4 August and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2019.


NSW OEH Coastal & Estuary Grants Program

These grants support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion, restoring degraded coastal habitats or improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.

Click here for more information.

The NSW Environmental Education Program Grants

Tier 1 is now open and closes at 3pm on Monday 22 July.  This opportunity is for Councils and other groups who are keen to develop projects that develop skills, commitment to, and participation in, protecting the environment.

Learn more and apply here.


The Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS), Braysher Management Fund.

This grant will provide up to $10,000 over two years to organisations involved in wildlife management. The program aims to support studies that address wildlife management issues with a focus on community involvement.

Learn more here.

 The Sunrise Project Small Grants
Grants of up to $5000. Open application process. Their focus is on reducing the impact of coal and gas industries on ecosystems.

Learn more here.

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