Moreton Bay Quandamooka & Catchment: Past, present, and future
This e-Book was generously gifted to The Moreton Bay Foundation by the independent group of scientists, consultants and industry experts who organised and presented the Moreton Bay Quandamooka & Catchment Forum. The e-Book is a compilation of the research presented at the Forum with the latest updates available at the time of publication.
The individual research papers are available online (below) or you can purchase the printed book here (approx 640 pages) for $95 plus GST plus postage.
With a catchment stretching from the Coomera River’s source near Binna Burra to the Brisbane River’s source at Mt Stanley in the north, and the Bay itself extending from the Broadwater in the south to Caloundra in the north, Moreton Bay and its catchment cover a huge area of approximately 22,898 km2 and nurture millions of people. Burgeoning populations, urbanisation and industrialisation has put this system under substantial ecological pressure. There is some urgency to take a closer look at how it is doing so, from the 1st to 3rd November 2016 we did just that in the form of the Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) Forum.
The Forum revisited many of the issues addressed at the Moreton Bay & Catchment Conference of 1996 and brought together people with expertise and a passion for Moreton Bay and the health of the lands and waters in its catchment. At the outset, my position had been that this meeting should be a partnership between institutions, entities and individuals, and ideally should not only deliver an update of research, but also find a way forward so that we would not have to wait another 20 years for a reprise. It would take all those engaged in research, governance and citizen science to come together to foster the Bay and catchment.
We succeeded with the Forum due only to the kind offer from particularly brave individuals to act as leaders of the ten discipline areas. They recruited experts and managed the process of putting together a series of presentations designed to cover the latest information available on their topic.
Some 170 attendees from a wide diversity of backgrounds and disciplines signed on, and most got to hear all of the presentations. Chaired by the ten Cluster Leaders, the first two full days were assigned to a rapid-fire series of ten-minute talks that summarised the current state of knowledge on a topic and identified key priorities. The third day was reserved for a series of synthesis meetings led by Cluster Leaders that drew on the evidence heard on the first two days. These leaders continued to donate their time following the Forum to manage the writing process that has resulted in the chapters contained in this book.
Significant moments included an impassioned talk on Respect and Recognition (Mind the Gap) by Darryl Burns of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC); Andrew Davidson’s very amusing and insightful talk on catchment planning, with his duggie (dugong) awards; and Justine Kemp’s sobering analysis of regional pre- vs post-“European” sediment erosion histories. No doubt others will have their own significant moments, but perhaps the most significant few minutes of the entire forum occurred when John Goodman of the Goodman Family Foundation stood up and pledged before those gathered that the Goodman Family Foundation would support the establishment of a Moreton Bay Foundation, pledging $500,000 to that end. A remarkable family who are now likely to make a singular impact on the well-being of the region.
The Forum was followed by two years of work led by Tamara Homburg and the Cluster Leaders, seeking paper submissions from contributors, organising independent peer review volunteers, all guided by a dedicated group of volunteer editors, including Peter Rothlisberg, Angela Arthington, David Brewer and David Neil. We met in coffee shops, restaurants and offices to thrash out the structure of this electronic volume. It has been a process filled with interesting challenges calmly solved by Tamara. Thankfully, unlike the 1996 meeting we are able to fund Colleen Foelz as a copy editor and publish electronically, which will allow us to add periodically to a compendium of knowledge about the Bay and its attendant systems. This eBook will grow.
To conclude, the Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) and Catchment Forum of 2016, was an important event; both by what it achieved at the time, and what it has sparked since; particularly the establishment of the multi-institutional and independent Moreton Bay Foundation Limited (TMBF). I am convinced, as are the founding members of TMBF (The Goodman Family Foundation, QYAC , The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and, more recently, the University of the Sunshine Coast), that we now have a mechanism that will ensure future partnerships in research and restoration, independent advice to government, a voice of truth to power and a focus around which to join in meetings to regularly review where we are and what we have to do to gain the best for Moreton Bay and its catchment. At last, no more will an individual have to muse about whether or not it is time for another Moreton Bay meeting. The future is here, thank goodness.
Ian R Tibbetts
Convenor, Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) and Catchment Forum 2016
Director, The Moreton Bay Foundation
PS: What I wrote by way of Preface twenty years ago has sadly stood the test of time. I could put forth the same arguments and summaries today. My co-editor on the proceedings of the 1996 conference, Professor Bill Dennison, kindly posted a PDF copy on a site at the University of Maryland (Moreton-Bay-and-Catchment 1998) so you can judge that call for yourself. Perhaps the greatest advance in the intervening years was the formal recognition of Traditional Owner rights over sea and land resources through the establishment of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. QYAC has made great strides towards recognition of Quandamooka as a World Heritage site based on its singular combination of cultural heritage and high biodiversity. Perhaps one of the greatest retrograde steps has been the proposal by Redland Council to excise an area of the central western Bay from our international obligations under the Ramsar agreement, and permit a development that would destroy vital habitat for migratory wading birds. Quite a remarkable snub to the planet and our international obligations, I think.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Indigenous Knowledge and Culture
Protected: Quandamooka Country: The role of science and knowledge in Traditional Owner-led land and sea management
1,2, Darren Burns 1, Joel Bolzenius 1,3Cameron Costello 1, Cameron Costello 1,4
- Protected: A custodial ethic: Indigenous values towards water in Moreton Bay and Catchments Breanna Pinner1, Helen Ross2, Natalie Jones2, Sally Babidge3, Sylvie Shaw1,Katherine Witt 2,and David Rissik 4, 5,
Chapter 2 Communities and Values
- Protected: Values towards Moreton Bay and catchments Helen Ross1, Natalie Jones1, Katherine Witt2, Breanna Pinner3, Sylvie Shaw3, David Rissik4, 5, James Udy6
- Protected: Community knowledge about water and engagement in waterway protection in south east Queensland Angela J Dean1,2, Kelly S Fielding1,2, Fiona Newton3 and Helen Ross4
- Protected: Stewardship as a driver for environmental improvement in Moreton Bay Rachael Nasplezes1, Joel Bolzenius1, Apanie Wood1, Ryan Davis1, Paul Maxwell1, David Rissik2,3and Helen Ross4
- Protected: Managing the public health paradox: Benefits and risks associated with waterway use Anne Roiko1,2, Sonya Kozak1, Anne Cleary1 and Zoe Murray1
- Protected: Education in Quandamooka – A long and evolving tradition Emily Casey1, Timothy Roe1, Ian R. Tibbetts2 and Dianne Aylward1
Chapter 3 History and Change in Moreton Bay
- Protected: An environmental history of Moreton Bay hinterlands Justine Kemp, Jon Olley, Samantha Capon
- Protected: Historical changes of the lower Brisbane River Jonathan Richards
- Protected: Holocene history of Moreton Bay reef habitats Matthew J. Lybolt1, John M Pandolfi2
- Protected: Trace metal contamination and distribution in sediments of Moreton Bay: An historical review Guia Morelli1,2, Massimo Gasparon1,3
Chapter 4 Water Quality, Land-Use and Land-Cover
- Protected: Moreton Bay and catchment urban expansion and vegetation change Mitch Lyons, Stuart Phinn, Chris Roelfsema
- Protected: Water quality in Moreton Bay and its major estuaries: Change over two decades (2000-2018) Emily Saeck1,2, James Udy3,4, Paul Maxwell1,5, Alistair Grinham5, David Moffatt6, Sivakumar Senthikumar1, Danielle Udy7, Tony Weber7
- Protected: Wetland and benthic cover changes in Moreton Bay Eva M. Kovacs1 Hannah L. Tibbetts2, Simon Baltais3, Mitch Lyons1, Jennifer Loder4, 5 and Chris Roelfsema1.
- Protected: The impact of marine pollutants and marine debris in Moreton Bay Kathy A. Townsend1,2, Christine Baduel3, Vicki Hall4, Jennifer Loder5, Veronica Matthews6, Jochen Mueller3, Rachael Nasplezes7, Qamar Schuyler8, Heidi Taylor9, Jason van de Merwe10, C. Aleander Villa3 and Liesbeth Weijs3, 10
- Protected: Projected changes to population, climate, sea-level and ecosystems Megan I. Saunders1,2, Rebecca Runting3, Elin Charles-Edwards2, Jozef Syktus4 and Javier Leon5
Chapter 5 Habitats, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
- Protected: Primary producers in Moreton Bay: Phytoplankton, benthic microalgae and filamentous cyanobacteria Saeck, Emily1,2, Grinham, Alistair3, Coates Marnane, Jack1, McAlister, Tony4, Burford, Michele*1
- Protected: Seagrasses of Moreton Bay Quandamooka: Diversity, ecology and resilience Paul Maxwell1,7, Rod Connolly2, Chris Roelfsema3 Dana Burfeind4,5James Udy6 Kate O’Brien7 Megan Saunders7 Richard Barnes8Andrew Olds9, Chris Hendersen9, Ben Gilby9
- Protected: Mangroves and saltmarshes of Moreton Bay Catherine E. Lovelock1, Arnon Accad2, Ralph M. Dowling2, Norm Duke3, Shing Yip Lee4,5, Mike Ronan6
- Protected: Freshwater wetlands of Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchments: Biodiversity, ecology, threats and management Angela H. Arthington1, Steve J. Mackay1, Mike Ronan2, Cassandra S. James3, Mark J. Kennard1
- Protected: Zooplankton of Moreton Bay Sarah Pausina1,2 Jack Greenwood3, Kylie Pitt4, David Rissik5,6, Wayne Rochester2, Jennifer Skerratt7, Julian Uribe-Palomino2 and Anthony J. Richardson2,8
- Protected: Coral and micro-benthic assemblages from reef habitats in Moreton Bay John M. Pandolfi1, Matt Lybolt2, Brigitte Sommer3, Roshni Narayan4, Paola Rachello-Dolmen5
- Protected: Fishes of Moreton Bay: Ecology, human impacts, and conservation Andrew D. Olds1, Ben L. Gilby1, Rod M. Connolly2, Ian R. Tibbetts3, Christopher J. Henderson1, Tim Stevens2, Sarah K. Thackwray1, and Thomas A. Schlacher1
- Protected: Marine turtles in Moreton Bay Colin J. Limpus1, Owen I. Coffee2
- Protected: Ecology of the marine mammals of Moreton Bay Janet M Lanyon1, Michael J Noad2, Justin Meager3
- Protected: Migratory shorebirds of Moreton Bay Richard Fuller1, David A. Milton2,3†, Peter Rothlisberg2,3, Robert S. Clemens1, Jon Coleman2, Kristy Murray4, Kiran L. Dhanjal-Adams5, David Edwards2, Paul G. Finn2, Greg Skilleter1, Madeleine Stigner1 and Bradley K. Woodworth1
Chapter 6 Citizen Science
- Protected: How does citizen science contribute to sustaining Moreton Bay? A discussion of approaches and applications. Jennifer Loder1,2, Chris Roelfsema1,3, Carley Kilpatrick4, Victoria Martin2,5
- Protected: Building an understanding of Moreton Bay Marine Park reefs through citizen science Chris Roelfsema1, Jennifer Loder2, 3, Kyra Hay4, Diana Kleine5, Monique Grol5, Eva Kovacs1
- Protected: Citizen science photographic identification of marine megafauna populations in the Moreton Bay Marine Park Christine L. Dudgeon1, Carley Kilpatrick1, Asia Armstrong1, Amelia Armstrong1, Mike B. Bennett1, Deborah Bowden1, Anthony J. Richardson2, Kathy A. Townsend3, Elizabeth Hawkins4
Chapter 7 Industry and Planning
- Protected: Tourism in the Moreton Bay Region Lisa Ruhanen1, Mark Orams2, Michelle Whitford3
- Protected: Aquaculture in Moreton Bay Elizabeth West1, Carol Conacher2, John Dexter3, Peter Lee3, Michael Heidenreich3 and Brian Paterson3
- Protected: Fishers and fisheries of Moreton Bay Ruth Thurstan1, Kerrie Fraser2, David Brewer3, Sarah Buckley2, Zena Dinesen2, Tim Skewes4, Tony Courtney5, Barry Pollock6
- Charting a course by the stars: A review of progress towards a comprehensive management plan for Moreton Bay 20 years on Andrew Davidson1, Darryl Low Choy2,3
Chapter 8 Moreton Bay Marine Park
- Protected: Managing for the multiple uses and values of Moreton Bay and its catchments Helen Ross1, David Rissik 2,3, Natalie Jones1, Katherine Witt4, Breanna Pinner5, Sylvie Shaw5
- Protected: Performance of marine reserves for fish and associated ecological functions in the Moreton Bay Marine Park Ben L. Gilby1, Andrew D. Olds1, David Rissik2,3, Christopher J. Henderson1,4, Rod M. Connolly4, Tim Stevens4 and Thomas A. Schlacher1
- Protected: Changes in fish and crab abundance in response to the Moreton Bay Marine Park rezoning Michael Haywood1, Richard Pillans1, Russ Babcock1, Emma Lawrence2, Ross Darnell2, Charis Burridge2, Darren Dennis1, Anthea Donovan1, Sue Cheers1, Robert Pendrey1, and Quinton Dell1
- Protected: Non-extractive human use and vessel characteristics on Moreton Bay following marine park zoning Rob Kenyon1, Russ Babcock1, Quinton Dell1, Emma Lawrence2, Christian Moeseneder1 and Mark Tonks1