Improving our knowledge of marine waterways in the Southern Inshore Zone.
The Southern Inshore Monitoring Program was founded in 2017 to fill crucial data gaps in the marine waters around Clairview.
Now in its fifth year, the program is continuing to improve our knowledge of seagrass, coral and water quality (including pesticides) in the Southern Inshore Marine Zone. The 2021 Report Card, released in August 2022, is the first to report on the health of seagrass meadows in the area, following a period of baseline data collection.
Our partner, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty. Ltd (DBCT) funded the project in its entirety between 2017 and 2019. Since 2019, DBCT and Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure (DBI) have generously funded half of the project. In 2020, DBCT and DBI signed on to fund the project for a further three years, securing the project until at least 2023. This shows the commitment of local industries and the Partnership to constantly improve our understanding of waterway health in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region.