General, Moreton Bay Community Coastal Capacity

Exciting new podcast coming soon!

I’m thrilled to bits to announce the evolution of the Moreton Bay Online project!

Phase 1 of the project – finding out about what people know, think and love about Moreton Bay – is happening right now. It’s wonderful to see how much community wisdom is coming in on the survey. What’s even more exciting is how many people have responded to the question at the end, letting us know what they *want* to hear more about.

Well, coming in summer, we’re hoping to answer some of these questions, by interviewing people of the bay. I’ve already interviewed a number of people, and we should be able to launch the full series by late December.

In the meantime, I’ve created “Episode 0” – an introduction episode that goes into more detail about this marine social science research, and what we hope to achieve with Moreton Bay Online. The episode is available below for you to take a listen, if you’d like to know more about the background for what’s to come.

Keep an eye out for the “Moreton Bay Online” podcast on iTunes or other Podcast apps, and subscribe!



Moreton Bay Community Coastal Capacity, Science and research

How we’re measuring change in Moreton Bay’s community coastal capacity

Moreton Bay Online (Moreton Bay Science) is part of a PhD project, and it is what we’d call a before-after-control-impact, or BACI “experiment”.

A simple statistical design

A BACI experiment takes measurements for two different groups, Continue reading “How we’re measuring change in Moreton Bay’s community coastal capacity”


Let’s talk!

Exciting news! Moreton Bay Science is the recipient of a grant from Advance Queensland!

What’s this grant for? Primarily, to help build the profile of the amazing work done by marine scientists in Moreton Bay, but equally important is the facilitation of dialogue between scientists and everyone else who uses the Bay.

To live near Moreton Bay, or spend even a little time in it, is to love it. And when we love something, we want to understand it.

“What’s the reason for the MNP14 green zone to the east of Mud Island?”
“Why can’t I catch a snapper near Scarborough Reef this year?”
“What will happen to the prawn fisheries with climate change?”
“What’s the meaning of this strange dolphin behaviour?”

But the purpose of Moreton Bay Science is not just to have questions answered by scientists. Scientists are by nature aware they don’t know everything – that’s why they’re scientists, so they can learn more!

“I’ve never seen this fish so far south….”
“More and more people are flying drones near the Wynnum Wetlands and I think it’s spooking the migratory birds”
“Has anyone studied whether the green zones have mean increased impact in NON-green zones?”

Your local ecological knowledge is important. So is the science. Let’s talk!

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Welcome to Moreton Bay Science (#moretonbaysci)

Welcome to Moreton Bay Science!

Moreton Bay is a stunning semi-enclosed bay in South-East Queensland, extending from Bribie Island on the Sunshine Coast in the north, to the Gold Coast Spit in the south.

This 1500 km2 bay is sourced by six rivers from mainland coast, and is sheltered on the east by 4 major sand islands.

More than just a marine playground for the 2.5 million people who live on the mainland, the Bay is also home to a number of commercial industries such as tourism, aquaculture, fisheries and shipping.
This blog celebrates the excellent and diverse marine science that underpins these industries, and explores the relationship between science and the vast and diverse cultural relationships held by those who are privileged to live here.

1390587_10151758434543527_2141019626_nI’m Katie Walters, and Moreton Bay is my home! Moreton Bay Science is part of my PhD
project (2017-2020). For now, posts will consist of a variety of bits’n’pieces about Moreton Bay – some history, images, and connections with the land.

Coming in early 2018 will be the #100daysofmoretonbay campaign, which will feature 100 posts showcasing science in the lives and activities not only of scientists, but of diverse groups and individuals as they work or play by the Bay.

If you would like your activities or your research to be included here or in the upcoming feature campaign, I would love to hear from you!