Marine turtle and dugong are priority species for the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation’s Uunguu Rangers as well as federal conservation management plans. A new way to monitor these populations has been developed by the project team using a boat-based methodology. The team consists of the Ranger group, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) and CSIRO.
Researchers have identified gamba grass and other invasive weeds as a potential threat to landholder involvement in environmental offset programs such as the Carbon Farming Initiative.
Strategic savanna burning is one way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions and create new markets in northern Australia, but the increased fuel load and emissions from weed infestations could make it unfeasible.
Huey, J., Cook, B., Unmack, P., & Hughes, J. (2013). Broadscale phylogeographic structure of five freshwater fishes across the Australian Monsoonal Tropics. Freshwater Science, 33(1), 273–287. https://doi.org/10.1086/674984
Setterfield, S., Rossiter-Rachor, N., Douglas, M., Wainger, L., Petty, A., Barrow, P., Shepherd, I. & Ferdinands, K. (2013). 'Adding fuel to the fire: the impacts of non-native grass invasion on fire management at a regional scale', PLoS One, 8, 5.
Adams, V., and Setterfield, S.A. (2013). Estimating the financial risks of Andropogon gayanus to greenhouse gas abatement projects in northern Australia. Environmental Research Letters, 8 (2).
A team of researchers from the Northern Australia Hub, in collaboration with Kakadu National Park staff and Traditional Owners, has been investigating aquatic biodiversity on the rivers and floodplains. In August 2012, the researchers collected samples of algae, insects and fish from 20 sites across Kakadu using sweep nets, plankton filters and electrofishing. They are now analysing the chemical signature of these samples to determine food web links between rivers, floodplains and estuaries.
This research will provide a better understanding of the importance of floodplains to freshwater biodiversity across the north, and inform water resource management. For example, by helping to determine where fish and other animals get their food for growth and reproduction.
Linke, S., Kennard, M.J., Hermoso, V., Olden, J.D., Stein, J. & Pusey, B.J. (2012). Merging connectivity rules and large-scale condition assessment improves conservation adequacy in river systems. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 1036–1045.
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