Coast to Coral: Identifying recreational use of Moreton Bay

Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the second Tuesday night of each month in your lounge room/office/comfy chair, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.

Dr Vicki Martin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her work focuses mainly on sustainability, communications, behaviour and community stakeholder engagement in solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges we currently face.  She draws from social psychology, communication theories and environmental studies to understand why people do the things they do, and how we might engage society in improving environmental and social outcomes.

Moreton Bay Marine Park, off the coast of Brisbane, is under increasing human-induced pressures which are threatening sustainability and conservation in Moreton Bay. With preparations underway for rezoning the Marine Park, a potential World Heritage nomination, and planning for the region to host the 2032 Olympics, marine decision-makers (including the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation) and stakeholders have identified urgent research priorities. The interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Seascapes project has begun addressing these research needs, including work to identify recreational boaters’ use and values of the Bay. To do this, the researchers developed a contemporary public participation in geographic information systems (PPGIS) process to collect data from boaters around the region. The fieldwork is running from early September to mid-October 2022, during which researchers are collecting data from boaters using an online map-based survey. This presentation will discuss the need for this work, the progress and challenges in spatially-integrated social science, highlight some preliminary findings, and the ways in which this data can inform future decisions to support sustainability and conservation in marine protected areas.

Virtual doors (zoom) opens at 6.25pm for a 6:30 pm start.

Stay after the event for networking and nibbles (BYO obviously!) - get your burning questions answered and continue your thoughts, ideas and sea-minded discussions with your local community, all from the comfort of your couch!

Bring a mate and share in the discovery!

At Reef Check Australia we’re all about inspiring our mates and we love to read your thoughts! So, share your favourite parts about the night and tag us! Reef Check Australia #coasttocoral

This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by oh so many groups including the City of Gold Coast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant, and Townsville City Council.

Future talks take place on the second Tuesday night of each month, with a new, interesting and engaging speaker.

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October 18, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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