Providing a better understanding of the patterns of water availability and quality at key locations on truwana/Cape Barren Island.
Prior to 2008, Water Watch volunteers on truwana monitored the water quality of the island's major river. In June 2018, NRM North staff provided water quality monitoring training to the current Aboriginal Rangers on the island and did a biological assessment at one of the Ramsar lagoons. Following the training, in 2018/19 NRM North assisted the Rangers with the development of a Water Quality Monitoring Plan. The plan proposes to:
truwana/Cape Barren Island is part of the Furneaux Group of islands in Bass Strait off the north east coast of Tasmania. Flinders Island lies to the north and Clarke Island is to the south. truwana is 478 km2.
In 1982 the East Coast Cape Barren Island Lagoons (ECCBIL) were given Ramsar status. An Ecological Character Description (ECD) was written for the Lagoons in 2008 with the aim of detecting any future change in ecological character and to fill the knowledge gaps. The Water Quality Monitoring Plan developed throughout this project will expand on this knowledge.
NRM North continues to support the local community to monitor freshwater on the island, ensuring that the pristine environment is maintained and potential threats are identified, enabling appropriate mitigation strategies to be put in place.
NRM North staff will support the capacity building and training for the truwana Rangers on Cape Barren Island to assist in the management of the East Coast Cape Barren Island Lagoon including:
Overall, best management practice for freshwater on the island will be better applied using the acquired knowledge.