Re: Mangrove protection
Thank you for your comment.
Mangroves are vital to the Western Port environment.
Initial modelling in the preliminary expert assessments used for the EES referral has demonstrated that mangroves will be not affected by the cold-water discharge. This preliminary assessment was undertaken by CEE environmental scientists and engineers.
The assessment stated that Benthic habitats in water depths less than less than 12.5 m will be unaffected by the direct effects of FSRU operation, particularly direct effects of the seawater heat exchange discharge. These unaffected habitats include intertidal saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrass and mudflat habitats, which are valuable foraging and roosting habitats for waterbirds. Subtidal seagrass and shallow, bare seabed habitats will also be unaffected by direct effects.
The preliminary assessment concluded:
‘saltmarsh, mangrove, mudflat, intertidal seagrass, subtidal seagrass and channel slope communities and sensitive species that occupy habitats to a water depth of 12.5 m will be unaffected by the direct effects of the cold-water discharge. Hence, a substantial proportion of marine ecosystem habitats and communities will be separated from the effects of cold-water by the physical behaviour of the cold-water discharge.’
The full assessment can be found here.
If you are interested, there is more discussion on mangroves at this forum thread here.
This will be further examined as part of an Environment Effect Statement, a requirement by the Victorian Government.