Why healthy wetlands are important for a healthy reef

This is a guest post written by Chelsea Broad. Chelsea attended the World Wetlands Day event put on by NQ Dry Tropics on Thursday 2nd Feb 2017. The views expressed in this post are the authors and not necessarily those of NQCC.

 

Photo credit: Chelsea Broad

World Wetlands Day works to educate the community on the issues facing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and inspire the community to take action to protect the GBR and associated wetlands. More than 50 community members participated in educational lectures from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and tours of ReefHQ and AIMS, including the world class scientific laboratory, SeaSim, within the Townsville region.

 

Did you know that keeping inland wetlands healthy is crucial for protecting the GBR? This is because corals need sediment-free water to be healthy. Inland wetlands filter sediments out of the waterways prior to arriving to the ocean, providing the corals with sediment free water. Without healthy wetlands, the GBR is at risk of increased sediment exposure. The radiant reef ecosystem pictured here is located at AIMS to educate guests on what a healthy outer reef looks like.  Continue reading “Why healthy wetlands are important for a healthy reef”