Archive for June, 2012
Roebuck Bay has begun a friendship drive through social networking. The motivation to develop Facebook is to encourage our community to get involved in the Bay’s management, and provide information and photos about the Bay’s extraordinary biodiversity as we learn about it from Yawuru, scientists and our community.
Algal blooms of Lyngbya are an urgent management issue as they impact the bay’s biodiversity. For example, dugongs cannot feed on their seagrass because these delicate marine plants are suffocated by Lyngbya. Similarly, salmon don’t like feeding where Lyngbya is blooming. Facebook and the Roebuck Bay Working Group website are new ways to communicate with the community and to provide practical tips on how we can reduce land based pollution such as fertilisers, sewage, treated wastewater, garden waste, swimming pool water and dog poo from entering our stormwater drains and feeding Lyngbya. Believe it or not, pindan can feed Lyngbya too, because it contains iron and some phosphorous. So it is in the best interests of the bay and our community to reduce land based nutrients and pindan sediments from entering Roebuck Bay.