Andrew Irving Photo: Contributed
Andrew Irving Photo: Contributed Contributed

CQU lecturer delivers talk on seagrass in New Caledonia

CENTRAL Queensland University's Dr Andrew Irving was one of the faces who represented CQU in New Caledonia.

The Senior lecturer in Ecology specialises in marine biology and has recently returned from the Society of Ecological Restoration Australasian Chapter where he was invited to talk about the current research he has been conducting on Seagrass rehabilitation and restoration.

"I was really honoured to be invited to speak at the conference and it was such a great event. When I was over there I managed to visit some places in New Caledonia and conducted a bit of research which was a great experience," he said.

"The conference was fantastic because there was a bunch of like-minded people in the same room and the exchange of ideas and debate around the research was the big benefit for me. CQUniversity had a very strong representation at this international event with three out of the six speakers from CQUniversity."

Dr Irving said the CQ and Gladstone region had a large area of seagrass that had recently been suffering due to the increased lack of lighting and the damage by human activity.

"Seagrass is one of those things that likes shallow sheltered bathes and good lighting conditions," he said.

"Humans like to build ports and houses in those types of areas so there's a bit of a conflict there because we both want to share those habitats. The overall picture of seagrass is that it's declining around the world, we've lost a third of seagrass around the world and that figure will continue to increase if we don't change the attitude towards seagrass and the natural habitat."

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