The report 'Research and information priorities for estuary management in southwest Western Australia' by the WAMSI Estuaries Science Steering Group presents a prioritisation of the science and monitoring needs for southwest estuary management and has been prepared through consultation with estuary managers and researchers.
“The purpose of this body of work is to assist researchers to focus on high impact studies, and to help plan a more strategic and collaborative approach to developing information for future management through independent peer reviewed science,” WAMSI General Manager Luke Twomey said.
The report identifies priorities under 11 key themes:
- Water quality
- Key habitats
- Biodiversity management
- The effects of catchment land use
- Coastal engineering and port development
- Sediment quality
- Human health
- Freshwater and hydrology
- Sustaining resources
- Socio-economic aspects
- Integrated system modelling
For each of these themes, research priorities and priorities that can be met with better use of current knowledge have been identified both in general and for each of the seven southwest estuary systems.