Noosa River & Lakes System
The Noosa River is a relatively unmodified river system with particularly high environmental and scenic values. It is under constant pressure from human activity including construction, boat traffic, recreational pursuits, tourism, fishing and dredging.
NPA is committed to seeing significant recovery of the marine habitat and abundance and diversity of marine life in the Noosa River and Lakes system and in Laguna Bay.
As a first step, NPA marshalled the necessary support and resources to commission an expert team of marine scientists to address the question: "To what extent can aquatic biodiversity and fish abundance be recovered in the Noosa River and Lakes system and Laguna Bay?" The expert workshop was run in October 2014 by internationally recognised group The Nature Conservancy in conjunction with local philanthropic organisation The Thomas Foundation.
The Noosa Estuary and Lakes Report was presented to Noosa Council by Noosa Parks Association, The Nature Conservancy and The Thomas Foundation. As a result, Noosa Council voted to support two priority scientific studies - oyster plate deployment and prawn/fish stock assessment.
Subject to further findings, NPA will be encouraging the wider Noosa commuinity to join in progressing this project further.