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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
01 August, 2014
A dog can be your closest friend, a much loved family member, a hard working companion or all of these things. Most people recognise that owning a dog can bring great joy and is also a great responsibility, but have you considered the environmental responsibility that comes with pet ownership? ...