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Welcome to your August edition for 2020.

First projects for 2020 announced

The Moreton Bay Foundation reached a significant milestone recently, awarding funding to two great projects that will not only develop new methodologies and enhance the knowledge base underpinning better decisions for the Bay, but also engage the community and connect people with its biodiversity in unique ways. Living and Playing Together (QUT) and Surveying Shorebirds using UAV's (UQ) will commence in the coming weeks.
Following on from on the 2019 success of the Censusing the Aliens project, run in partnership with the Goodman Foundation, the response from our partners to a call for projects was tremendous. 19 projects highly collaborative quality applications were received requesting over $750,000,  indicating the ongoing need for research targeting the key issues for Moreton Bay.
The Foundation extends thanks to all collaborators for submissions, our evaluation panel, and our donors and sponsors for their generous support of this vital work. We look forward to continuing to invest in a Brighter Future for Moreton Bay.
Dugong herd Moreton Bay-  Photo Regatta Marine

Living Together

Imagine gliding underwater in Moreton Bay, exploring, watching and learning about the different marine life and biodiversity below the surface, and how it coexists with people above the water. Living and Playing Together, a project supported by the Moreton Bay Foundation plans to create that experience.
Data science and technology will be used to create an interactive digital platform called ‘Living Together’ for a virtual experience of what lies beneath Moreton Bay.
The project will use underwater cameras, drones, and acoustic sensors to capture images, detect sound and gather data on life below the surface. Daily satellite imagery will provide images from above to visualise human activities. The data and digital media collected will be used to develop the ‘Living Together’ platform which will showcase interactive maps, virtual reality underwater experiences with sound and information regarding the biodiversity within the region.
Shared understanding of the use of Moreton Bay by wildlife and people means everyone can better enjoy living and playing together.
Living and Playing Together commences in August 2020 led by Dr Julie Vercelloni, Research Fellow at QUT, and a collaborative team consisting of Prof Kerrie Mengersen, Dr Angela Dean, Assoc Prof Kate Thompson, Prof Peter Anderson and Gavin Winter from QUT, Dr Emma Kennedy and Dr Chris Roelfsema from UQ, Dr Ross Dwyer from USC, Darren Burns from QYAC and Jodi Salmond of Reef Check Australia.
More information can be found here.
Vulnerable Bar Tailed Godwit, Oyster Point -  Photo Chris Walker

Bird's Eye View

The significance of Moreton Bay for migratory shorebirds is well known, along with the threats causing rapid decline. Better monitoring data will improve management actions, particularly information on low-tide distribution and abundance
The Moreton Bay Foundation responded to this call and provided funding for the ‘Surveying Shorebirds in Moreton Bay using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)’ project. This project will deploy and test a shorebird monitoring system using UAVs (drones) to capture aerial imagery. The imagery can be automatically processed to determine bird abundance, resulting in an accurate, efficient, and practical method for recording low tide counts, and for reaching inaccessible areas and large flocks. It will require reduced volunteer effort, and cause minimal disturbance to birds, complementing the existing manual survey effort.
The project will also produce a best-practice guide to inform appropriate management regulations regarding the use of UAV’s where shorebirds are present.
‘Surveying Shorebirds’ is overseen by Professor Richard Fuller and implemented by Researcher Josh Wilson in a partnership between the University of Queensland, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Queensland Wader Study Group.
It is anticipated that techniques developed through the Surveying Shorebirds UAV project will be transferable to other monitoring and survey programs across Moreton Bay – helping us better understand, protect and restore the unique habitats and biodiversity of Moreton Bay.

Birds from the shore, and above - Photos Josh Wilson

EPBC Act failing to protect the environment

The interim report arising from the current review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation confirmed the alarming state of decline of Australia's natural environment and iconic places, and reached the conclusion that the EPBC Act is ineffective. Among a raft of recommendations national standards are called for, along with an independent regulator and stronger monitoring and compliance.
It is crucial that government consider these recommendations in their entirety for the long overdue reform process to begin. More information and the full report can be found here.

Champions of the Bay

TMBF excited to enter into a partnership with our first Moreton Bay Champions.

Simon Paroz and Co. Boatbuilders are highly skilled boatbuilders and cabinet makers, passionately servicing the boating community of Brisbane and Moreton Bay.
Simon and Louise are also passionate about the long term sustainability of Moreton Bay, and have a keen interest in supporting the work of TMBF to see that happen. Through their connections with the boating community they have agreed to champion the cause, to actively make a difference.

Welcome Simon Paroz and Co. - we look forward to work with you for a Brighter Future for the Bay!
Would you like to make a difference too?
You can become a member, donate, or get in touch regarding partnering and sponsorship opportunities.
We'd love to hear from you!

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