Before dredging began, an Advisory Panel of independent experts was established to develop and implement an Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program (ERMP) to provide oversight for the ERMP Projects to increase the understanding of the marine ecological environment through improved research, monitoring and management of the area.
Who are the experts on the Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program Advisory Panel?
The ERMP Advisory Panel is made up of independent marine experts and scientists:
Professor Marnie Campbell from Central Queensland University is the Chair and specialises in environmental management
Dr Col Limpus from the Queensland Government Department for Environment and Heritage Protection specialises in marine reptiles including turtles
Dr Norm Duke from James Cook University specialises in tropical marine ecology, tidal wetlands and mangroves
Professor Helene Marsh from James Cook University specialises in dugongs and inshore dolphins
Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University specialises in inshore dolphins, reef systems and coastal wetlands
Dr Richard Fuller from the University of Queensland specialises in migratory shorebirds
The ERMP Advisory Panel reports to the Commonwealth Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC). Gladstone Ports Corporation observes the meeting but does not sit on the panel.
For more information about the program and what the advisory panel do, download the Terms of Reference for the ERMP.