Clean-Up Australia Day Sunday 3 March

Cambridge Coastcare is participating in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 3 March between 9 am and 12 noon.  We have two sites identified on the Clean Up website – you click on the yellow icon at the top of the page “Join a Clean-Up” and type your postcode into the box provided on the page that opens and, if you live in the City Beach area, you will be offered the choice of the two sites we are staffing – 1 at the southern end of the Floreat boardwalk, opposite Floreat Groyne (entry to car-park off Challenger Parade about 300m north of Clancy’s Fish pub) and 2 at the start of Floreat dog-beach Track 16, in the car-park at the end of the slip-road, leading north from Floreat Surf Club and parallel to West Coast Highway.  If you live elsewhere, your postcode will direct you to the closest Clean-Up sites.  We provide bags but you would best bring a pair of tongs to pick up rubbish and/or a pair of gloves.  For information, contact
[email protected]

Perth NRM Coastal Forum 8 March

Perth NRM is delighted to invite you to our annual Coastal Forum.   It is pleased to offer Coastcare volunteers a special ticket price of $15.00 pp (normal price $30.00) -registration is essential through Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/BALYI      Coastcare members will have received an email with the promotional code needed to obtain the discounted ticket price.  Registration closes on Thursday 28 February

DATE Friday, 8 March 2019

TIME 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

VENUE Sunset Function Centre at Scarborough Beach

COST $15 for Coastcare volunteers; $30 general (lunch included)

Speakers from a range of disciplines will present on recent research, management and community programs. Delegates will hear about coastal dynamics from Prof Ryan Lowe, and Dr John Statton will share his research on innovative methods for cultivation and restoration of seagrasses.  Alison Dorn from Tangaroa Blue will inspire delegates to continue to act on marine debris and Meg Anklesaria, Cambridge Coastcare, will encourage Coastcare Groups and land managers to trial innovative new approaches to monitoring their coastal areas, while Adam Harris from Cockburn City Council will share leading practice for planning on-ground works.  David Knowles, from Spineless Wonders, will describe the significant role of Arthropods (macroinvertebrates) in our coastal environments, and Dr Erica Arora will describe the impact of wind on the physiology of native plants and pollinators and share information on restoration of coastal ecosystems. Melissa Evans from DBCA will present on the complexity of managing our coastal islands balancing increasing visitation while maintaining conservation values.  Please see the attached agenda.

Perth NRM looks forward to seeing you and please feel free to contact Sharon Munro from the Perth NRM Community Engagement team at [email protected] for information about ticketing or invoices.

Christmas Greeting

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year in 2019! Thank you for all your hard work and support throughout 2018 and I hope you all have a well-deserved break! Adeline, your Coastcare coordinator

Biosecurity alert – Asian paddle crab Blackwall Reach – stakeholders

The Dept of Primary Industry and Regional Development has put out a biosecurity alert after another Asian paddle crab (Charybdisjaponica) detection  – a single mature female crab was caught at Blackwall Reach, Swan River, Perth, by a recreational fisher on 5 December 2018.  The Asian paddle crab is an aggressive non-native crab that could outcompete native species like the blue swimmer and spread diseases to prawns, crabs and lobsters.
Whilst you probably won’t catch one at City or Floreat beaches, the Department is calling for continued vigilance from the community, recreational fishers and crabbers and sees their assistance as crucial as the five paddle crabs previously detected at Mosman Bay in 2012 and Matilda Bay in 2014, and one in Mandurah in 2010, were all caught by recreational fishers.
The pest crab varies greatly in colour but its definitive features are six sharp spines between the eyes and six spines down each side of the shell.
See attached media release and pest alert about the Asian paddle crab and howto distinguish it from other native species.  If you think you have found or seen an Asian paddle crab:

  •  Please examine it closely (by comparing it against the pest alert and make a note of where you saw or caught it. 
  • Fishers are also urged to take photos of the suspect crab, especially from above,
  • Keep the specimen and phone the FishWatch 24 hour hotline on 1800 815 507as soon as possible.

Floreat dog-beach erosion control

Cambridge Coastcare have a project underway at the Floreat Dog-Beach  to try to stem erosion of coastal dunes at the closest point between ocean and West Coast Highway – about 100-150m.  Winter storms and human activity have gouged a semi-circle of dune blow-out at path 16, which threatens to spread to WCH and to have sand blowing across the road if the project fails.  Our first attempt to stabilise dunes at this location two years ago was vandalised by beachgoers so we are hoping that publicity of our efforts will inform a better response to our efforts this time.
Before the work:

On 28 and 29 November, we were grateful for the help of teams from Conservation Volunteers on both days and from Shell Australia on Thursday.  Together, they have “planted” over 100 fencing poles in the soft sand – that is hard work as the sand tries to fill the hole as quickly as you can dig it out.

We attached farm-style fencing to the poles and stapled windbreak material to that to catch the sand.  We have positioned 15-20 short fences angled across the sea-breeze to catch the sand and build back the eroded dunes.  The work will also improve conditions for beachgoers in this location by providing a wind-break for beach-goers.  If successful by next winter, we will close off the avenues created by our fencing, putting down matting and planting with Spinifex to try to stabilise dunes and advance the line of protection they provide against erosion.

It seems harmless enough to climb the sand-dunes and some people even pit their energy reserves against them, by repeated running up and down the soft sandy slopes, but this accentuates the damage and kills off the runners of plants like Spinifex which colonise coastal dunes and prevent erosion.  Please help us educate beach-users to avoid these activities which damage the environment and will lead to loss of infrastructure and eventually housing if left unchecked.  Our plea is to stick to designated paths!
Windbreaks in place: