Investigations are underway to give a better understanding of Wilson Inlet
Released 16 Aug 2017
Three new monitoring stations have been installed in the Wilson Inlet to help State Government scientists better understand the inlet’s characteristics.
The monitoring stations were deployed earlier this year and will measure the inlet’s physical parameters, including water temperature and salinity.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) Scientific Officer, Peta Kelsey said the stations would provide continuous data for 12-months and would be used to develop an estuarine model for the inlet.
“This model is crucial to our understanding of how the inlet works,” Ms Kelsey said.
“Gathering information from these new monitoring stations will improve our knowledge of the inlet’s water circulation, salinity as well as temperature changes associated with the river inflow and sand bar management.
“While a separate catchment model will assess land-use changes and water abstraction, the estuarine model will help us better understand water requirements to support seagrass and vegetation growth as well as fish and birds in the area.”
Scientific instruments called ‘drifters’ are also being released periodically to measure surface currents.
“These instruments, which are tracked by satellite, move with the water and will feed into the estuarine model,” Ms Kelsey said.
DWER Regional Estuaries Initiative Coordinator, Jennifer Stritzke said a better scientific understanding of catchment and estuarine condition as well as interventions required to make a difference are key to effective management of estuaries and their catchments.
The data collected from the monitoring stations and the drifters in the Wilson Inlet can be viewed on the Regional Estuaries Initiative website at
DWER would like to advise Wilson Inlet users to avoid these instruments in the water.
To speak to a DWER officer regarding the instruments please phone 6364 7600.
Media contact: Vivienne Ryan on 0409 137 379
Contact: Vivienne Ryan
Phone: 0409 137 379