Other Monitoring Programs

Monitoring Seagrass Health in Cleveland Bay

Seagrass communities’ health is one indicator that reef managers can use to understand the overall health of the marine environment. Port of Townsville Limited commissions an annual Seagrass Health Survey in Cleveland Bay which is carried our by James Cook University's Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER). 

The annual survey maps areas of seagrass meadows as well as species types and density. Surveyors from JCU record observations at hundreds of sites in Cleveland Bay and track changes over time.

The 2017 Annual Seagrass Survey results for Townsville and Cleveland Bay showed:

  • The overall condition of the seagrass in Townsville was classed as good in 2017
  • Average above-ground biomass continued to increase in 6 of the 10 meadows, and all sites remained above the long-term average
  • Dugong feeding trails were observed across the Cape Cleveland, Cape Pallarenda and Shelly Beach meadows


Townsville Seagrass Report (Sept-Oct 2017)

Fact Sheet - Seagrass Study 2017

Drinking Water Monitoring Program

The Port of Townsville is considered a Water Service Provider under Queensland legislation and is required to have a Drinking Water Quality Management Plan (DWQMP) in place to manage water quality within its distribution scheme.

The current DWQMP (October 2018) was approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy on the 10th December 2018. The latest annual reports for drinking water quality is also available below.


Drinking Water Management Plan (October 2018)

DWQMP   Report 2017-18

DWQMP    Report 2016-17


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