Community asked to report Gladstone harbour experiences

LOCAL environmental initiatives are calling on residents to report their experiences on the Gladstone harbour.

The Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network and the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership's Independent Science Panel want reports from the community on the environmental health plus commercial and social activities on its waters.

Local councillor and GREAN chairman Col Chapman said the reports would help with understanding the current nature of the harbour and were crucial to chart a viable future for the valuable natural resource.

"We're looking for other information out there that we may not be aware of," Cr Chapman said.

"For instance, Infofish Australia put out a report just recently about recreational fishermen and the types of fish they catch in the harbour and where they caught them, whether the fish were healthy or not.

"That sort of report doesn't get to the scientific circles, so we're after those sorts of things."

Cr Chapman said the science panel had a need for the ongoing collection of information.

"To help inform their work, ensuring the best understanding of the harbour and to help identify any gaps in our knowledge," Cr Chapman said.

Expressions of interest to attend a mapping and synthesis brief can be registered by emailing healthyharbour@ehp.qld.gov.au.

Submit reports to the same email address until Saturday, June 15.