Final Two Days

On our final day of fieldwork we went seagrass mapping. I spent the first half of the day on Velalla, but the water was so murky that we couldn’t use the sled, instead we has to dive down to collect samples, it was a little easier doing this on Velalla rather than the Tender, as Mark could tell me the depth as I jumped off, so at least I had some idea of how long I was going to be under for.

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Blog5: Seagrass Mapping in the South

Today Micah and I worked together again, and similar to the first field day we went out with James and mapped seagrass and the Tender, a very small boat. Today was a bit different though, on the first day we were in clear water, today we could not see a thing, which was daunting at times but also very exciting. As you can see on the map (use the link from previous blog posts) we were further south than day one and there is a lot more sediment in this region, we also had rain last night and during the day which also made the water more turbid.

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Blog4: Seagrass Mapping

On The Velalla (The Mothership).

Today we went on the large boat and recorded for seagrass. The boat’s captain, Mark, drives around to different locations within the bay finding locations to test. The test sites are at a range of depth and cover all zones of the park and bay.

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Blog3: BRUV

Today we went out on Glaucus, similar boat to yesterday, and worked with Paul and Dave from Healthy Waterways. The goal of the day was to set up BRUV (Baited Underwater Remote Video) and see the species diversity in different areas of the bay.

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Blog2: Seagrass Mapping

Today I was on a boat named Pelagia, it’s a hard bottomed inflatable. We worked with James Udy, the head scientist mapping seagrass. At each location we would get the GPS coordinates, one person would get into the water and take a sample of the seagrass to determine the type, the coverage and the amount of algae.

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Blog1: Day 1, Saturday.

On the first day everyone was very excited to meet each other at the Ferry Terminal. After the ferry ride across Moreton Bay we landed at North Strabroke Island and found our way Moreton Bay Research Station. We had an introduction to the area and station from Kevin who manages the station. We looked around the labs, where they were tested different food types for Aquaculture and picked up our snorkeling gear.

Later that afternoon we were privileged to have a Welcome to Country from Aunty Joan of Quandamooka people.

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