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Farmers optimize productivity to the benefit of our waterways

28 March, 2017 GeoCatch has partnered with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), local farmers and agronomists to improve fertiliser use in the Geographe catchment, with the aim to reduce nutrients entering Geographe Bay. The $mart soils program provides farmers with subsidised soil testing, whole of farm colour nutrient maps and access ...
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Winning Ways with Wildflowers

27 March, 2017 Are you keen to improve your gardening prowess? Want to create an amazing native garden that you can be proud of, that is also ‘Bay Ok’? Western Australian wildflower specialist George Lullfitz is visiting Busselton in April to talk about the secrets ...
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Pink shades of Vasse estuary a natural phenomenon

24 March, 2017 The Vasse estuary ecosystem surprised us again this week with the water in front of the Vasse surge barrier turning an unusual shade of pink. “Our phytoplankton ecologists identified the pink algae as a dinoflagellate species called Oxyrrhis marina,” Dr Kath Lynch from the Department of Water said. Oxyrrhis marina is a ...
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Fish gate opening exposes feral Vasse population

15 March, 2017 Fish kills have been recorded in the Vasse Estuary for over 110 years, however the death of 3000-5000 goldfish last week was a first. “I was relieved when I identified the dead fish as Goldfish,” Dr James Tweedley from Murdoch University’s Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research said. “No one ...
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Keep Watch Seagrass

08 March, 2017 Scientists undertaking seagrass research have been busy diving and sampling in Geographe Bay as they continue to monitor the Bay’s seagrass meadows over time to determine if impacts such as poor water quality from ...
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Fishing for Facts!

23 February, 2017 An exciting new project is being undertaken in the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands to better understand how fish move through the fish gates on the Vasse surge barrier. The project, being undertaken by Murdoch University plans to tag up to 500 black bream, mullet and other species over a two year period ...
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Collaboration is key for Revitalising Geographe Waterways

15 February, 2017 For the past year community members, scientists and waterways managers have been working together closely to develop management objectives for waterways in the Geographe catchment. Several collaborative workshops have been held and have focussed on key water assets including the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands, Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet. Revitalising Geographe Waterways ...
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Tracking phytoplankton in the Vasse Estuary

24 January, 2017 [caption id="attachment_1931" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Joanna Browne, Department of Water preparing to collect algal samples from the Vasse Surge Gates[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1930" align="alignleft" width="768"] Mapping by the Department of Water using LandSat images[/caption] Since November 2016, Department of Water and GeoCatch ...
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Vasse management response kicks in as summer hots up

06 January, 2017 Department of Water Media Statement State and local government agencies have been busy over the Christmas-New Year period in the Vasse-Wonnerup estuaries as summer hots up and stresses mount on water quality. Live monitoring of dissolved oxygen levels and water temperature and several scientific trials have provided the best picture yet of ...
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The Wondrous Wonnerup!

22 December, 2016 It was a great day out on the Wonnerup estuary to finish off the 2016 Vasse Wonnerup wetlands water quality sampling. For the past two years, officers from the Department of Water and GeoCatch have been undertaking fortnightly sampling on the wetlands, rain, hail or shine. “It was certainly a great ...
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