Posted by James Cordwell · August 22, 2016 4:27 PM
Urgent action is needed to tackle the Darwin Harbour oil spill. Following the 30 km oil spill in Darwin Harbour, our team went out on Saturday to collect these samples. We call on the Government and EPA to find out exactly what is out there.
NT's Legacy of Environmental Failure Hits the Coast
Posted by Jacqueline Taylor · July 27, 2016 5:41 PM
A searing new report points to repeated failures by NT governments to establish and maintain credible protections of the Territory’s marine and coastal environment. The report, prepared for the Keep Top End Coasts Healthy alliance, identifies poor decision-making, inadequate laws, a lack of transparency and incompetent oversight and regulation has already had a disastrous effect on areas of the coast. The report recommends a complete overhaul of environmental assessment laws, an end to the clearing of mangroves, and requiring public participation in decision-making.
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Posted by Jacqueline Taylor · July 26, 2016 2:47 PM
In the lead up to the Territory election, Labor has announced a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy. It’s good news for fishers, tourism, small business and the environment!
The plan includes completion of the Limmen Bight Marine Park and its seabed mining ban, re-establishment of the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee, rejection of the Bayview development and measures to research and protect our mangroves.
But we want to guarantee all Territorians benefit from marine protection. To do this, we need to see a similar commitment from all sides of politics. Read more from ABC News, Channel Nine, and NT News.
Read our media release below.
Representatives from the commercial fishing industry, recreational fishers, tourism operators and conservationists came together to express concerns regarding the impacts of finfish trawling in the Northern Territory.
Read the Australian Marine Conservation Society's full media release below or on Channel Nine News Darwin and the ABC.
Port Melville Approved Despite Expert Advice on Impact to Wildlife
Posted by Jo Hurford · June 24, 2016 12:02 PM
Freedom of Information documents show the controversial Port Melville on the Tiwi Islands was approved by the Federal Government despite internal advice it was likely to have adverse impacts on a number of our threatened species, including shorebirds, dugongs and olive ridley turtles.
It was also approved with no written procedures on how to shutdown supply from 30 million litre diesel tanks or deal with major spills if needed.
The Port was built to withstand a category two cyclone, yet Elcho Island further east along the NT coastline suffered from a category four cyclone in 2015 and the old Port Melville was destroyed by a cyclone in 2007.
Read the full article by the ABC here or by The Australian here.
The dragonflies have arrived! Their arrival signals the dispersal of dramatic clouds, the conclusion of the wet season and the departure of up to 37 migratory shorebirds who call the Top End home in summer.
Fancy yourself a world traveler? Our yearly temporary residents may challenge you to that title. Their north-south 11,000 km journey along the East Asian-Australian flyway traverses 23 countries: from their northern breeding areas in Russia and the USA (Alaska), via China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand. Our visitors lose up to 40% of their body weight during their long-haul flight, which makes feeding areas here in the Territory, and along their route, of vital importance.
It was a Saturday night and because I had no food for dinner at home, I ran to the supermarket for my weekly shop. The pre-packaged sushi was discounted and seemed like a great, quick and easy meal idea - until I opened the plastic packaging. Hidden behind the price label was ginger in a plastic wrapper, wasabi in a plastic sachet and soy sauce in plastic foil. So much plastic, and even worse - it was all single-use!
I couldn’t reuse it and I’m sceptical of whether they could be or would be recycled. As a coastal-lifestyle enthusiast, I only hope they don’t end up in our seas.
When I first discovered that swimming in the Top End seas was a rare activity, I was dismayed. I have spent the past five years living and diving from Indonesian and Mozambican beaches almost every day. I wondered how I’d cope without my daily dose of vitamin sea and sealife!
I’d heard about the Top End’s infamous crocodiles, stingers and limited visibility. So it was with some trepidation that I packed my fins, mask and snorkel for my first adventure into local waters. When we arrived at a blue hole near the Vernon Islands off Gunn Point I was delighted to find clear waters and none of the aforementioned crocodiles or stingers. Appreciating my good fortune with conditions I couldn’t wait to jump in and explore.
Squelchy mud. Tangled roots. Hot. Humid. Wet. Mangroves aren’t the most inviting ecosystem. But after a talk by our friends at EcoScience to celebrate World Wetlands Day, I’m definitely interested to take the plunge and learn more. “Mangrove” refers to the habitat as well as the plants that live between the sea and land, flooded by sea tides. A mangrove may be a tree, a shrub, a palm, or a fern, but all of them are able to tolerate excess salt and air-less soils, coming together to form mangrove forests along coastlines, rivers and estuaries.