There are an estimated 24 million #FeralPigs in Australia, and despite best efforts, their populations continue to increase & leave #wetland destruction in their wake. This video discusses specific wetland impacts and how on-ground efforts from organisations like Kalan Enterprises are addressing the problem.
Queensland Environment had identified pig damage as a major wetland issue, but until this NESP Northern Hub project, impacts of pig damage on specific wetland types had not been quantified. To better understand pig preferences for different wetland types, this project also contributed to a wetland typology to distinguish one wetland type from another.
This project then quantified the impact of feral species on wetland condition, the effectiveness of control measures on mitigating the threats to aquatic systems, and the subsequent impact on cultural wetland values.
Álvarez-Romero, J.G. & Osbaldiston, J. 2021. ValueMapper: an interactive web-based tool to map and visualise spatial data [GIS software]. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia. DOI: 10.25903/d0zk-9818
Hub research in the Gulf of Carpentaria aims to support sustainable development in the region. This includes research to inform water allocation planners and floodplain managers about the potential impacts of changes in flow on fisheries, migratory birds and biodiversity. Rivers that flow into the southern Gulf of Carpentaria are home to high-value ecosystems and support important recreational and commercial fisheries. With increasing development in the region, more information is needed to understand how future water development will impact on the health and productivity of floodplains and coastal areas.
Molinari, B., Stewart-Koster, B., Malthus, T.J. and Bunn, S.E. (2022), Impact of water resources development on connectivity and primary productivity across a tropical river floodplain. J Appl Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14111
Bangalang, N.-g., Nadji, J., Nayinggul, A., Nadji, S., Nayinggul, A., Dempsey, S., Mangiru, K., Dempsey, J., McCartney, S., Mairi Macdonald, J. and Robinson, C.J. (2022), Understanding Indigenous values and priorities for wetlands to guide weed management actions: Lessons from the Nardab floodplain in northern Australia’s Kakadu National Park. Ecol Manag Restor, 23: 105-116. https://doi.org/10.1111/emr.12542
V. Lowe, C.L.J. Frid, M. Venarsky, M.A. Burford. 2022. Responses of a macrobenthic community to seasonal freshwater flow in a wet-dry tropical estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Volume 265, ISSN 0272-7714. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107736.
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