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It is with pleasure that the Board of The Moreton Bay Foundation announces the appointment of Suzie Christensen as the Foundation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Suzie will start employment on 21st October.
Suzie is an experienced CEO with a long history in not-for-profit management and governance, including in environmental and social advocacy, planning and management. She joins us following seven years as CEO of Anglicare Central Queensland, and twelve as CEO of the Fitzroy Basin Association.

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Cosmos https://cosmosmagazine.com/ is a national quarterly magazine on general science published by The Royal Institution of Australia Inc(RiAus), a science communications organisation based in Adelaide.

Arising indirectly from a brainstorming session convened by the Royal Society of Queensland in July 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia developed a national web portal to offer access to a range of authoritative materials and programs. The STAR portal went live late in June 2017.

The website Jolt Science http://joltscience.com.au/, operated by Robert Whyte, member of the Royal Society of Queensland, showcases a monthly web TV series in which innovators and experts talk science.

Shellfish reefs (oysters, mussels etc.) are “the lungs” of healthy estuaries, providing various “ecosystem engineering” services including filtering to clean the water, nutrient uptake, shoreline stabilisation and food  and shelter for fish and crabs.

However, today less than 5% of historical shellfish populations remain in Pumicestone Passage, off northern Moreton Bay, due mainly to declining water quality which disrupts their breeding cycle.

Restore Pumicestone Passage” is a group of community people with the aim of scientifically examining the best methods of restoring subtidal shellfish reefs in Pumicestone Passage and quantifying their effects on improving water quality and fish habitat in the Passage and Moreton Bay. The group’s website has a wealth of accessible information about shellfish reef restoration in Australia and internationally.

Trove is the National Library of Australia’s umbrella search engine. It indexes books, periodicals and other materials held in the National Library and a large number of other contributing libraries including universities. (For example, it indexes more than 420,000 items in the Brisbane City Council library network and more than 2 million from The University of Queensland’s libraries).

Seeking a document from a defunct website? Try Pandora, the National Library’s archival engine that sweeps a select range of official and other websites (including that of the Royal Society of Queensland) periodically and stores them in perpetuity

One paper, by Member Dr Ben Diggles entitled “Annual pattern of settlement of Sydney Rock oyster spat in Pumicestone Passage“, is available for download here as it is deemed a suitable source of data sets for classes in biology under Queensland’s 2019 senior secondary syllabus. Supplementary data and a spreadsheet with spatfall field data referred to in the article and charts with data on Leaf oysters and a Time series are also available.

Marine scientist Dr Ben Diggles has also provided an Invertebrate Report dated September 2019 with the following explanation:

“I attach a copy of the 9-month invertebrate report. Not too much happening by way of growth or recruitment of shellfish on the reefs in the middle of winter, except for some honeycomb oyster settlement. But the spat settlement data comparing the cage reef vs the patch reef from the 2017 deployment are telling, as they show that anchor damage to the patch reefs lowers their profile and reduces their effectiveness for attracting spat.

Healthy Land and Water have commissioned some underwater drone footage of the trial reefs which is available at https://youtu.be/N1ZKITKE7SA. Again, note the anchor damage to the smaller patch reef deployed in 2017. Fortunately the cages, the biodegradable BESE reefs and the larger patch reefs deployed in 2018, while still vulnerable to anchor damage, are proving to be more robust, the latter probably due to their larger size and the larger besser brick fence modules surrounding them.”

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