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Raising community awareness of the Western Ringtail Possum

24 July, 2015 Raising awareness about our special Western Ringtail Possums in our community has continued in 2015 with the Western Ringtail Action Group (WRAG), with sponsorship from GeoCatch, successfully securing funding through the National Landcare Program.  The funding will be used for revegetation projects using possum habitat species and the continuation of ...
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A new group to join – Friends of the Busselton Wetlands

24 July, 2015 People with an interest in hands on activities and wetlands are invited to join the ‘Friends of the Busselton Wetlands’ group, which formed late in 2014. The activities of the group have started with simple but important action such as weed removal, rubbish collection and observing the wildlife (birds, frogs ...
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Farmer Focus Group Meeting – Fert$mart

09 July, 2015 What tools or resources do farmers need to help make better fertiliser decisions? GeoCatch asked this question to a group of dairy farmers recently as an initiative of a new project being piloted in the area called Fert$mart. A small group of leading dairy farmers from the Geographe Catchment took part ...
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Seagrass: Keeping an Eye on Geographe Bay

04 June, 2015 GeoCatch’s 2015 ‘Keep Watch’ seagrass monitoring program for 2015 has  shown that Geographe Bay’s seagrass meadows are in overall good condition. This is the third year the program has taken a look at the health of Geographe Bay’s seagrass meadows and any potential impact on seagrass from nutrients entering the ...
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Action on Algae at the Surge Barriers

01 May, 2015 The Vasse Estuary Technical Working Group (VETWG) has been trialling a number of methods to improve visual amenity and odour at the Vasse Surge Barriers (Floodgates). The Surge Barriers traps seagrass and macro algae from the wetland which builds up and decomposes over summer. The breakdown of plant material by bacteria ...
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What’s happening on the Wetlands – March Update

09 April, 2015 Did you know that the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands are at their lowest water levels by the end of March and the water is highly salty, in some cases being three times the concentration of seawater? During this month’s sampling we found that many of the birds that used the wetlands over ...
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Dairy Partnership to Improve Health of Vasse Waterways

16 March, 2015 GeoCatch is excited to announce that it will be working with the dairy industry and state government on two new dairy projects. The new projects will form part of the Vasse Geographe Strategy to improve waterway health. The Water Minister Mia Davies, GeoCatch Chair David Kemp, President WA Farmers Dairy Council Phil ...
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Hot weather raising risk of fish deaths

06 February, 2015 Actions have been taken by the Vasse Estuary Technical Working Group (VETWG) in response to hot weather and high concentrations of a potentially fish killing algae species that raised the risk of a high fish kill in the Vasse estuary at the end of January. As part of a pilot study ...
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Vasse Estuary Technical Working Group December 2014 Response Event

16 January, 2015 As experienced in previous years, water quality in the Vasse estuary started to decline towards the end of December 2014 with elevated levels of harmful algae species and declining dissolved oxygen levels, critical to fish and other biota. Under the Fish Kill Mitigation Response Plan, the Vasse Estuary Technical Working ...
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Collaboration in monitoring our Bay

01 August, 2014 Researchers from Edith Cowan University joined forces last month with staff from the Departments of Parks and Wildlife and Fisheries to undertaken seagrass monitoring in Geographe Bay. The “Keep Watch” seagrass monitoring project, coordinated by GeoCatch, has been undertaken annually since 2012. GeoCatch Chair David Kemp said “the monitoring this year ...
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