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Queensland's Mangroves Not Harmed by Aquaculture

by 5m Editor
31 July 2009, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - A scientist who has been studying the effects of sediment runoff from prawn and barramundi farms in North Queensland says the environmental impact on neighbouring mangroves is minimal.

Speaking at the Aquaculture into the Future conference in Townsville, Dr David McKinnon, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, said mangrove environments were well equipped to deal with the kinds of run-off coming from these industries, reports ABCRural.

"Aquaculture effluents are very rapidly assimilated, because these environments are pre-adapted to high levels of organic loading that come from the mangrove forests themselves," he told ABCRural.

"What happens in other environments, in the coastal zone, and coral reefs and so on, we don't know so much about."

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