Peel mangrove discovery prompts removal
Released 19 Dec 2011
Several hundred white mangrove discovered in the Peel Estuary have been removed by the Department of Water.
The non-native trees were discovered at Samphire Cove Reserve Central Mandurah.
Department of Water Acting Waterways Health Program Manager John Pszczola said the plants, despite being from northern WA, were an introduced species to the Peel ecosystem which includes RAMSAR listed wetlands of significance.
"The planting of an introduced mangrove species on the Peel estuary foreshore is cause for concern," Mr Pszczola said.
"Introduced species like this can begin to dominate the local ecosystem and take over from the plants we need to have there for healthy waterways."
It's not the first time these plants have been found in Peel's waterways.
Back in January 2000 several plantings of white mangroves were discovered in Soldiers Cove and were removed by the then Water and Rivers Commission.
At that time a local resident admitted introducing the species from the Kimberley because he 'thought it would be good for the ecosystem.'
Mr Pszczola said the recently discovered plants had been removed.
"The root system had spread quite extensively and there were seedlings starting to appear," he said.
Anyone noticing mangroves around the Peel estuary foreshore should report it to Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) on 9582 9333 or Department of Water on 9550 4200.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441