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Cooloola Cove wetlands rehabilitation

posted May 13, 2012, 4:47 AM by Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc.
Thanks to Cooloola Cove Residents and Friends who hosted guest speaker Andrew Berghuis from DAFF, and guests Mary-Alice Swan and Michelle Hasse from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG). Andrew presented a very informative talk about "Biopassage in Cooloola Creeks". It is termed 'biopassage' because it is not only about the free movement of fish species, but all species of creek fauna. The local audience was informed of impediments to normal fish passage including altered  creekside vegetation, hydrology and creek flows (i.e. water flows that are either unnaturally slowed or increased); and solutions to these issues. 
Cooloola creeks are home to a number of rare and endangered fresh water fish species and we hope to observe some of these
during the course of the project. The under water root structure of Melaleucas in particular provide valuable habitat for these endangered fish.
 The next event will be held on 18th May, featuring Forestry Hydrologist Ken Bubb and Water Weed specialist, Phil Moran. Meet at Cooloola Cove Hall at 9:30am, lunch provided. 
Pictured are back row: Mary-Alice Swan, Andrew Berghuis, Michelle Hasse; Front: Vice President Jackie Moore and local Cooloola Cove resident.